Wigan’s most wanted criminals

Christopher Molyneux
Christopher Molyneux

TWO men wanted for violent crimes and a woman accused of dodging court have been revealed as Wigan’s most wanted.

In a major crime crackdown, each force in Greater Manchester today revealed who is at the top of their hit list for people they want to question in relation to offences.

It is the first part of Operation Harvest that will see specialist and divisional officers targeting thieves, thugs and fugitives across the county over the coming weeks. Twitter users can follow #harvest at gmpolice for the latest information.

John Burkquest, 28, is wanted in connection with a robbery offence from August 23 2011 at a service station on Atherton Road, Hindley Green. He hails from the Liverpool area.

Shirley Carter, 44, from the Wigan area is wanted for failing to appear at court for a breach of court order on August 13 this year.

And Christopher Molyneux, 19, from the Wigan area is wanted for breach of court order for two counts of aggravated vehicle theft on November 10 2011.

Officers say that the campaign will be backed by a number of crackdowns over the coming weeks that will see criminals being targeted in their homes, communities and on the roads.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: “Through Operation Harvest we are concentrating on bringing to justice the criminals that cause the most harm and misery to people in our county.

“Those offenders that steal hard earned valuables often from the poorest, most vulnerable members of our society or engage in drunken violence causing physical and emotional pain to innocent people will be the particular focus of enforcement activities.

“We will also be working to remove dangerous drivers from our roads to stop them putting their own lives and those of other road users at risk and targeting criminals using our roads to carry out illegal activities such as moving stolen metals and other goods.

“People can follow what is happening through Operation Harvest to put law-breakers behind bars on our social media networks that include Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

“They can also use these networks to find out what officers are doing to fight crime in their neighbourhood, comment on police activity and get advice on how they can keep themselves and their property safe from criminals.

“I would urge people to support Operation Harvest by providing us information on the criminals on our website or those in their communities so we can stop them causing further harm.

“Either ring us direct with information on 101 or tell Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 and help us bring in a bumper crop of criminals this harvest time.”