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Intelligence-led policing operation across Bolton

Officers have been providing additional support to the residents of Bolton over the past few weeks with a focus on deterring and preventing vehicle crime.

Following intelligence from the local community and ongoing work from officers in and around the area, plain-clothes officers led a three-week evening operation in an attempt to tackle a range of vehicle offences from burglary to driving under the influence. As a direct result of this operation, officers made five separate arrests for burglary offences, and two in relation to driving offences.

Hub Commander for Bolton Inspector Karen Clappison said: “Throughout the operation; our officers have focused on, not only providing enforcement but also gaining vital intelligence on known offenders.

“Targeting offenders of vehicle crimes is one of our current priorities for the division and with the help of this operation, we have made some good arrests. However, as we continue to work with local partners to crackdown on these types of offences, we also need the public’s help.

“We would urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to report it directly to us. By making sure your vehicle is locked and clear of valuables, and remaining vigilant against any alarming or strange activity in the area, you can help send the message that these crimes will not be tolerated by the neighbourhood, or anywhere else.

“We have also been working closely with Crimestoppers throughout the operation and if you have any information, you can to contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

If you notice anything suspicious, please call police on 101 or report it via the LiveChat function on our website. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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