Police clampdown after increase in Wigan borough car crime

Officers have urged residents to be vigilant towards keeping their homes and vehicles secured

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 7:00 am

Vehicle crime in areas of Wigan is on the rise, according to police.

Officers have reported the surge across both Abram and Hindley with several stolen vehicles recovered in these areas.

The increase has prompted police to urge residents to be vigilant towards keeping their homes and vehicles secured.

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Car crime has been on the rise in some areas of Wigan
Car crime has been on the rise in some areas of Wigan

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) Leigh, Atherton and Hindley district said: “We have made arrests in relation to vehicle crime and will update people with the results of their day in court in due course where applicable.

“Particular care should be taken when securing motorcycles outside shops.”

Elsewhere, officers have conducted a number of drug warrants at addresses across the borough, vowing to continue to act on intelligence provided by the public.

Off-road bikers have also been causing a nuisance on Bickershaw Country Park and in Close Lane, Hindley Green.

Police have also dealt with an increase in anti-social behaviour, particularly in Platt Bridge around Walthew Parade and Hindley in Leyland Park.

The spokesman said: “Off road nuisance on Bickershaw Country park will continue to be looked at by the neighbourhood teams for both Abram and Leigh as well as the safer roads tasking team.

“This extends to their use on public highways.

“Off roading on Close Lane, Hindley Green has also generated a number of complaints.

“This area will also be the subject of regular patrols.

“We will continue to work with our partner agencies to support the vulnerable in our society as well as support victims of crime.

“We have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour, particularly in Platt Bridge around Walthew Parade and Hindley around Leyland Park.

“Officers said Operation Bluefin is in place to target anti-social behaviour in these areas

The operation, which was launched in March, has seen officers work alongside local authority teams to provide increased public reassurance and tackle the problem in the areas of most concern.

The spokesman added: “Parents are reminded that their children should not be meeting in groups. This will be addressed by Operation Bluefin with dedicated patrols tasked at decreasing anti-social behaviour.”

“We use Facebook, Twitter etc to keep people up to date with what’s going on in Abram although as you can appreciate social media is not the forum for many of the incidents we deal with to be published.

“As a neighbourhood team we would encourage people to report issues that affect our communities.

“This can be done via the GMP website to report non emergency incidents.”

People can also call police on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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