Police aim to tackle organised crime
3:07pm Friday 16th November 2012 in Local
Police in Bolton will show their commitment to tackling organised crime - by meeting in a supermarket car park.
Officers from Bolton and Salford will meet at the carpark of Tesco on Longcauseway in Farnworth in what Greater Manchester Police calls a show of strength.
Members of the public will be able to speak to officers in relation to Operation Skyhawk, an initiative which aims to combat organised crime groups in Bolton and Salford.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson said: "This event is aimed at demonstrating to the public our solidarity with our partners and communities in the ongoing fight against organised crime.
"Our determination to continue this fight is underlined by the fact this very subject is an absolute priority, as we appreciate that overcoming organised crime groups will bring crime down and make people feel safe where they live and work.
"And what better place to reinforce this commitment by meeting the people going about their daily business who these issues can impact upon the most."
The event follows more than 60 people being arrested in Bolton and Salford since Thursday 8 November 2012, for offences including the cultivation and possession of drugs, burglary, robbery and theft from motor vehicles.
Twenty vehicles have now been seized and street warnings have been given for cannabis.
Officers have also worked with the Department for Work and Pensions after ten separate benefit related investigations have been launched.
They have also liaised Trading Standards officials to visit licensed premises.
Officers also recovered suspected stolen property with a combined value of about £75,000 from Crompton Lodge Travellers site.
The parts from JCB diggers, as well as electric wiring, were found after a number of warrants were executed at the site on Tuesday 13 November 2012.
A horse was also recovered from the site, with specialist assistance from the RSPCA.
Another warrant on this day saw the recovery of £10,000 in cash from a house in Farnworth.
DCI Jackson continued: "Operation Skyhawk has been planned in conjunction with our partners, including Bolton Council and Salford City Council, the Department for Work and Pensions and other agencies.
"The activity carried out so far demonstrates that we listen to concerns raised by residents about criminality in their communities and take action. I would also appeal to members of the public to continue to come forward with information.
"Those involved in organised crime should expect that not only will they be brought to justice for their crimes, but that police will also take back any assets and money they have made through their criminality under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
"I would expect residents to continue seeing the impact of this operation in the near future."
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