POLICE swooped in dawn raids today, Wednesday, to arrest three people in connection to a string of burglaries in Warrington.

Officers say they made arrests at three addresses in Manchester and Salford this morning, where police remain searching for evidence.

A 57-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man and a 56-year-old man have been taken in for questioning over more than 100 burglaries across Cheshire.

They include 21 in the town - nine in Grappenhall, eight in Thelwall, two in Lymm and two in Stockton Heath.

A fourth man, aged 50, was arrested and taken from prison where he had been remanded in connection to other offences.

The burglaries happened between October 31 and December 31 last year.

A police operation was launched following the ‘dramatic increase’ in break-ins during this period.

Det Chf Insp Paul Williams said: "The public should feel reassured by these arrests today and I hope it reinforces to them the work we have been doing to catch the people responsible for spreading such misery across Cheshire.

"For such a high number of burglaries to happen in such a short space of time is very unusual and to me shows the arrogance of the criminals responsible, thinking that they would not be caught.

“Detectives have been working tirelessly over the last few months to gather the intelligence and evidence we needed to strike today.

"It was without doubt a number one priority to stop these burglaries and we used a number of tactics and resources as part of our investigation.

“Burglary has such a devastating impact on peoples' lives and I hope these arrests send out a strong message that Cheshire Police takes crimes such as this very seriously and we will put all our resources into catching the people responsible."

Anyone with any information can call police on 101.