As part of the Not in My Neighbourhood Week campaign, off-road motorbikes and quad bikes seized in Bolton were crushed in the town centre on Tuesday (3/11).
Representatives from the police and Bolton Council were on hand to speak to shoppers and residents at the event on Victoria Square to raise awareness about what is being done to tackle issues and make communities safer.
Inspector Phil Spurgeon, who leads Bolton’s Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The event demonstrates how neighbourhoods can play their part in the fight against crime. Many of the bikes that were crushed were seized thanks to residents calling us with information about people causing a nuisance and riding these machines illegally in their area.
“The Policing Pledge and Neighbourhood Policing is all about making sure that we are tackling the things that matter most to residents. We hold regular meetings and surgeries so people can tell us about what issues affect them in their area, but not everybody has the chance to attend these. It’s important to give everyone an opportunity to have their voice heard and as of this week, people can now also submit information online via the GMP website direct to their neighbourhood officers.”
Executive member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail said: “This gave a great opportunity for people to tell us what concerns them most about their community as the council works in partnership with the police and other agencies to tackle problems with crime and anti-social behaviour.
“One particular issue is the use of off-road bikes, which disturbs residents, can be dangerous and is actually a criminal offence. Drivers flouting the law could have their off-road bike seized and crushed, and could even face prosecution. In simple terms – it’s not worth taking the risk and I hope the crusher served as a deterrent to potential law-breakers.”
To help set local policing priorities for your community, visit the gmp website using the link on the right hand side, and click on your neighbourhood page, where you can submit information about issues or concerns in your area.