Almost 70 arrests were made in three days as Home Counties cops targeted cross-county crime.

Thames Valley Police was one of nine forces involved in the operation aimed at tackling criminals using major roads and rail networks to commit serious crimes like high-value burglaries and drug dealing.

Over three days between October 10 and 12, 68 people were arrested, £9,000 in cash was seized, 26 weapons were taken and 51 vehicles were seized.

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Surrey Police’s detective inspector James Ansell, who co-ordinated the operation, said: “Whilst we work across borders and share intelligence with neighbouring forces all year-round, this operation was an intensive effort to pursue some of the south-east’s most dangerous criminals.”

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He added: “Organised crime groups exploit the most vulnerable and bring violence and misery to our communities, which is why putting a stop to serious and acquisitive crime is a priority we all share.

"Criminals should know that we will relentlessly pursue them until they are brought to justice and our communities are safeguarded from their deplorable crimes.”

The police said they made 66 stops when drugs were seized.

Crooks suspected of working for city-based County Lines drug gangs were among those arrested, together with those thought to be stealing high-value cars.