THE deputy police commissioner praised work carried out on a Farnworth estate as being “a great example of neighbourhood policing”.

Jim Battle, Greater Manchester’s deputy commissioner, visited Campbell Court to see what had been done to improve the area.

He and Tony Lloyd, police commissioner for Greater Manchester, allocated funding to the area to transform a piece of land, formerly used as a walkway between Cawdor Walk and Cawdor Court on the estate and used as a dumping ground, into an attractive spot.

Mr Battle said: “The work on the Campbell Court estate is a great example of neighbourhood policing where police and residents have come together to make a massive difference.

"I am told people feel a lot safer on the estate. Neighbourhood policing is one of the top priorities for the funding.”

The cash boost was part of funding set aside to mark Greater Manchester Police 40th anniversary this year.

The work involved Bolton-based Mojo Trust carrying out the landscaping, to include a low maintenance garden. PC Ian Roby, from Bolton South Neighbourhood Policing Team, put forward the garden idea as a “thank you” to residents for their support during enforcement work on the estate.

Police and Bolton at Home, which owns the majority of properties on the estate, worked together to evict nuisance residents and tackle drug dealers. Complaints from residents have since plummeted.