PROPERTIES in Lancashire have been raided as part of a international operation linked to animal rights extremism.

Police officers from Hampshire, who led the nationwide raids, have not said where in Lancashire the raids had taken place.

Searches were also carried out in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Greater London, Worcestershire, Northumbria, Yorkshire, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The operation saw about 300 police officers take part in total. 30 arrests were made.

A spokesman for Hampshire police said: "The warrants have been obtained as part of an ongoing investigation into criminal activity associated with animal rights extremism."