Five men have appeared at court in connection with 40 residential burglaries across Stockport and Derbyshire.

All the men appeared at Stockport Magistrates’ Court this morning and were remanded in custody.

Daniel Lloyd,26 of Middlesex Road was charged with conspiracy to burgle and possession of a controlled drug. Aaron Sowter,24,of Northumberland Road was charged with conspiracy to burgle and possession of a controlled drug.

Wayne Hester,21, of Lapwing Lane was charged with conspiracy to burgle.Christopher Hargreaves,35, of Middlesex Road was charged with conspiracy to burgle, two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and one count of possession of a controlled drug and Regan Harte,18, of Morgan Place was charged with conspiracy to burgle.

All five were arrested in early morning raids as part of Op Stymie, an investigation into burglaries in Stockport and Derbyshire on Thursday morning when GMP and Derbyshire officers searched five homes in Brinnington and Reddish as part of a crackdown on burglaries in the borough.

Code-named Operation Stymie, the warrants formed part of an ongoing investigation into more than 50 burglaries across Stockport and Derbyshire including Marple, Bramhall and Glossop.

It is estimated in excess of £500,000 worth of property, particularly high value cars, has been stolen in the past six months.

The investigation has been carried out by Challenger officers who are dedicated to targeting organised crime in Greater Manchester.

Detective Inspector Chris Flint, of GMP’s Stockport Borough, said: “Over the past six months we have had a dedicated team trawling through intelligence and information about burglaries in Stockport, working hard to catch the culprits.

“Residents were concerned and we understand that crimes like this are an invasion in to your private life and can make people feel scared in their home.

“I want to stress that it is not okay and will never be tolerated by us. I hope people see we listened to those concerns and have acted on them.

“Five men are now in custody because of the community talking to us and working with us, and our work is only possible with this support.

“This investigation does not stop here and we will continue to tackle groups who cause misery to innocent people.

“Please continue to report anything suspicious and help us stop people who are benefiting from crime.”

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