Police target anti-social behaviour hotspots in borough

Officers visit a number of towns in the borough amid Operation Bluefin crackdown which launched last month

Monday, 5th April 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 12:40 pm

Police are continuing to patrol anti-social behaviour hotspots in the borough as part of a crackdown.

Operation Bluefin saw officers visit problem areas of Atherton, Tyldesley and Leigh, on Sunday evening (April 4).

Since launching in March, the operation has seen officers work alongside local authority teams.

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Wigan neighbourhood officers are involving with Operation Bluefin

This is to provide increased public reassurance and tackle the problem in the areas of most concern.

Sunday night’s action saw officers attend reports of youths breaking into the former B&M Bargains on Shuttle Street, Tyldesley.

Police said that footage has been obtained and officers will be following up with local schools to identify those responsible.

A spokesman for the Leigh, Atherton and Hindley division of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “We would like to thank all the residents who have reported their concerns to us already and would encourage people to continue to do so.

“This is particularly if they have specific information about known individuals who are involved, so that we can take appropriate action.”

Areas visited included Shuttle Street, Tyldesley; Central Park, Atherton; Firs Park, Leigh; Howe Bridge Sports Centre; Guided bus route - Astley Street; Bus Terminal - Hough Lane; Higher Folds; Market Street Atherton; Bag Lane, Atherton; Chester Road, Tyldesley; Elliot Street, Tyldesley; Wigan Road; Garret Meadow.

People can formally report issues to the police via the GMP website, live chat service or by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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