A man was arrested while out driving during the coronavirus lockdown after police said they found a stash of heroin and cocaine in the car he was travelling in.

At 6.30pm last night a Ford C-Max was stopped by police on Seaforth Road in Sefton.

When asked by police why he was out during lockdown, the driver was unable to explain why he was in the area.

A car out during the coronavirus lockdown was stopped in Seaforth, the driver was searched and police recovered suspected heroin, cocaine and cash

Under the new laws introduced during the coronavirus lockdown, anyone leaving their home must be able to give a 'reasonable excuse' if approached by police.

Officers carried out a drug search where they found suspected heroin, cocaine and cash in the car.

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Police said they also recovered a CS spray canister from the driver's house during a search.

A 37-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs; possession of a Section 5 firearm; and drug driving.

The CS spray recovered by police at the man's address

The driver was taken into custody for questioning but was later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Community Policing Inspector Duncan Swan said: "Our patrols remain very active across Merseyside, both to keep people safe and protect the NHS, but also to enforce the law as always.

"If we suspect that people are in any area with no legitimate reason we will make enquiries with them, and of course if there is a potential criminal purpose to their activity, we will deal with them accordingly.

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"If you attempt to commit crime in the current climate, you're likely to be even more conspicuous to officers and the public than usual.

"To those living and working in our communities, I would say this: be aware of anyone you suspect is involved in crime as you always would, and pass information to us via 999 in an emergency, or via our social media desk @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We will take positive action and remove those responsible from your streets."