GMP announce new officers in new year at Little Lever crime meeting

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GMP officers and Bolton councillors have assured a community of vital work undertaken to tackle the high crime rate in Little Lever.

A number of residents expressed their concerns at a crime meeting at Hardy Hall in Little Lever, where the main subject was a number of youths terrorising the community without punishment.

The alarming stories were told to the officers at the meeting, including reports of bricks being thrown at cars and people being harassed as they walked into Tesco, leaving people afraid to leave their homes.

People appeared fed up with the lack of action over crime in the area, including taking too long to investigate reports and arrests.

Inspector Lisa Clark said: “We make a number of arrests, but they are not quick because we have a lot of witnesses to speak to.

“My own son was a victim of a crime in Bolton, and it took two years but I would rather it be investigated properly.

“Into the new year we will have new resources including new officers in the area, so there will be an influx of new staff.”

Cllr David Meehan was keen to express that the councillors in the area as well as the police did understand the issues at hand and were working on lowering the crime rate with the help of GMP and other services.

He said: “We want to reassure the public we are listening to them and understand their frustration.

“We have Bolton At Home doing work with families as well as GMP recruiting new staff, we are listening and understand there is a problem.

“With everyone together we will combat this anti-social behaviour that we experience.”

Members of the public appeared angry at the meeting, expressing their desire to see something happen this year and not next year.

Chief Inspector Justine Topping said: “The new officers will be in next year, it’s not something that can happen overnight as officers need training.

“In the meantime, anyone who has been burgled will now definitely get a visit from police within 24-48 hours.

“I understand we have got it wrong in the past, we have got it very wrong, but we are making changes.”

Also addressing the room, was Cllr Sean Hornby, who has lived in the area for over 30 years.

He said: “Anti-social behaviour in this village is out of control when you get children as young as 10 throwing bricks at cars.

“I think severe punishment is needed and the main thing is that the travellers site needs closing.

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“But we have had meetings about this already and we are told it’s not possible because it’s a legal obligation to have one, yet Manchester are closing theirs.”

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