Large haul of stolen cars found in police raid at former Great Lever mill

The Bolton News: The former mill in Great Lever, where police found a haul of stolen cars The former mill in Great Lever, where police found a haul of stolen cars

A HAUL of cars stolen from all over Bolton has been found in a raid at a former mill.

Police found evidence of nine stolen vehicles when they swooped on the unit in Hartford House, off Weston Street, Great Lever, at 6.30am yesterday.

They said the raid followed an "extensive" investigation into car theft in Bolton.

A motorbike stolen only three days earlier was found, as well as three cars and five engines.

All the vehicles and parts had been stolen in Bolton, something police described as “unusual”, as goods are normally taken further afield.

Graeme Sharp, an intelligence officer with Bolton’s vehicle crime team, said police believed the raid had “closed off” a way for car thieves to sell their stolen goods.

No one has been arrested in relation to the raid, but police said enquiries are ongoing and officers are hopeful that breakthroughs are close.

Police said the owner of the Hartford House unit was “gobsmacked” by the hoard inside his property and had provided “invaluable assistance” to officers investigating the scene.

Mr Sharp said: “These cars were taken from the Bolton area and some really recently such as the motorbike, which we are really pleased about.


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“Usually stolen cars are out of town within hours, to Wigan, Manchester or even further afield, so to crack this operation in Bolton is brilliant.

“This will hopefully have a knock-on effect for members of the public in Bolton.

“We are trying our best to get people’s cars back for them and put an end to criminal groups like this one.”

A grey motorbike recovered was one of three police believe to have been taken from Smethurst Lane in Morris Green on March 2.

According to Mr Sharp, the bikes disappeared overnight and are believed to have been towed away as the property they belonged to was not burgled.

Officers also found a blue Fiat Punto car, which they think was taken in November from an address in Melbourne Road, Deane.

They also found a stolen Vauxhall Corsa and a stolen black Renault Clio Sport with false plates.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Mr Sharp or PC Carl Boydell on 0161 8565507.

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1:16pm Thu 6 Mar 14

I, Ludicrous says...

'former Great Lever mill'? Where's it been moved to?
'former Great Lever mill'? Where's it been moved to? I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bwfc58 says...

Why did the police not go when the scumbags were there say 11 am then they could have made arrest but wait a minute silly me I am a bit to Clever
Why did the police not go when the scumbags were there say 11 am then they could have made arrest but wait a minute silly me I am a bit to Clever bwfc58
  • Score: 11

1:52pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Can anyone say "surveillance"?

Unless the police have been watching and realized this mod-shop was already abandoned. I am baffled as to why a stakeout has not been performed,
Can anyone say "surveillance"? Unless the police have been watching and realized this mod-shop was already abandoned. I am baffled as to why a stakeout has not been performed, Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 9

1:56pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Perhaps the feds should next have a look at Cawdor Mill in Emlyn Street Farnworth.
Perhaps the feds should next have a look at Cawdor Mill in Emlyn Street Farnworth. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 9

3:17pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bernie boy says...

Get Dr.Grissom from C.S.I on the case.
Get Dr.Grissom from C.S.I on the case. bernie boy
  • Score: 4

4:05pm Thu 6 Mar 14

marco999 says...

Great Lever used to be a wonderful place with its leafy glades and picturesque vistas, such a hub of culture too - whatever happened?
Great Lever used to be a wonderful place with its leafy glades and picturesque vistas, such a hub of culture too - whatever happened? marco999
  • Score: 10

6:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

TheOneTrueWord says...

marco999 wrote:
Great Lever used to be a wonderful place with its leafy glades and picturesque vistas, such a hub of culture too - whatever happened?
I dare not say on a public forum, but it a dump now, what with certain people throwing rubbish out in backstreets and expecting the council to come along and clean it up!
[quote][p][bold]marco999[/bold] wrote: Great Lever used to be a wonderful place with its leafy glades and picturesque vistas, such a hub of culture too - whatever happened?[/p][/quote]I dare not say on a public forum, but it a dump now, what with certain people throwing rubbish out in backstreets and expecting the council to come along and clean it up! TheOneTrueWord
  • Score: 13

8:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

George X says...

TheOneTrueWord wrote:
marco999 wrote:
Great Lever used to be a wonderful place with its leafy glades and picturesque vistas, such a hub of culture too - whatever happened?
I dare not say on a public forum, but it a dump now, what with certain people throwing rubbish out in backstreets and expecting the council to come along and clean it up!
Dont be shy, youv'e got to name and shame, stand up and be counted it's the only way.!!!
[quote][p][bold]TheOneTrueWord[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marco999[/bold] wrote: Great Lever used to be a wonderful place with its leafy glades and picturesque vistas, such a hub of culture too - whatever happened?[/p][/quote]I dare not say on a public forum, but it a dump now, what with certain people throwing rubbish out in backstreets and expecting the council to come along and clean it up![/p][/quote]Dont be shy, youv'e got to name and shame, stand up and be counted it's the only way.!!! George X
  • Score: 6

6:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SomertonRoadLad says...

And the point of this with no actual arrests is??????

This story reminds me of them Police Camera Action type programmes on the TV. They spend £1000's of tax payers money chasing scroats all over the place, risking serious injury to innocent bystanders, themselves and other road users. They eventually catch and arrest them only for the narrator at the end to say that 80% are released without charge... Jeez
And the point of this with no actual arrests is?????? This story reminds me of them Police Camera Action type programmes on the TV. They spend £1000's of tax payers money chasing scroats all over the place, risking serious injury to innocent bystanders, themselves and other road users. They eventually catch and arrest them only for the narrator at the end to say that 80% are released without charge... Jeez SomertonRoadLad
  • Score: 2

11:24am Tue 11 Mar 14

danssoncabaret says...

Police '**** up' or news 'black out'
Police '**** up' or news 'black out' danssoncabaret
  • Score: 1

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