GREATER Manchester Police has welcomed 21 new special constables.

Among the new recruits is Nathan Fairhust. Mr Fairhurst grew up in Bolton and is the eldest child of two long serving GMP and Lancashire Constabulary officers. He has decided to follow in his parents footsteps and has been posted to the Bolton district as a special constable.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey said: “The support from Special Constables is invaluable to policing across Greater Manchester.

“The fact they volunteer in their own time is commendable, and they are highly valued by the Force. Specials help us to continue to keep Greater Manchester safe, as well as helping to build links with local communities. It is always great to hear the reasons for why our Specials choose to volunteer, and how they are always really keen to play their part in helping protect the local communities.”