A machete was seized along with drugs and cash after police busted down doors in Merseyside today.

Officers tweeted a picture of a door being out through with a battering ram they dubbed "the big red key" after swoop in Kirkby this morning.

And police later released images of a stash of drugs, money and drugs paraphernalia taken away after bursting through two homes in Northwood and Southdene.

A machete and a kilogram of cannabis were also seized in the operation today.

A 23-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, both from Kirkby , were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (cannabis), and possession of a Class A drug.

A Merseyside Police  spokesman said: "The warrants were carried out as a result of intelligence coming in from the community."

Searches were ongoing at the properties this morning.

The warrants were carried out as a result of intelligence coming in from the community.

The arrested men have been taken to a police station in Merseyside to be interviewed.

Pictures showed what appears to be cannabis plants stashed in blue carrier bags and wads of cash.

A machete, 1kg of cannabis, cash and drugs paraphernalia were seized after raids in Kirkby

Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: "I would like to reassure the public of Kirkby that we will continue to target those involved in serious and organised crime and we are committed to making our streets safer for our communities all year round.

"No-one should have to put up with drug dealing, and the associated crime it brings, happening on their street. We will keep working with our communities to improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods and make our communities stronger."

If you are aware of possible drug dealing in your area, you can DM @MerPolCC or call 101.

Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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