Residents have been left frustrated after yobs were spotted trying car doors for the third night in a row.

People living in Smithills and Heaton have seen a spate of car crimes over the last few months.

Over the last few months, thieves have broken into cars, tried the doors to get inside, and even climbed inside a vehicle at one point.

Lynsey Grundy, a resident of New Barn Street, said: “It’s just getting frustrating, it’s constant, we’ve caught them on camera three nights in a row and it’s a weekly occurrence.

“Me and my neighbours are getting sick to the back teeth of it. I’ve reported the latest incident to GMP and emailed four different PCSOs about it and heard nothing.

“We’ve had it so many times. We managed to get someone prosecuted after contacting Chris Green, our MP, but it shouldn’t have to come to that.

“On Monday my mum’s neighbour was taking his wife out to work and disturbed two people who were trying car doors - it’s just getting ridiculous, we're sick to the back teeth of it.”

Nextdoor, a private social networking site for neighborhoods, has seen a number of posts about car crime in Smithills.

On January 14, one user posted about two people trying car doors at 4.20am on Stanley Road.

The resident reported seeing the pair get into one of the cars before walking off.

Mrs Grundy has spent over £1,000 adding extra security and CCTV cameras to her home.

“I got a new car last year which took a lot of hard work and saving and I want to make sure it’s protected.

“Unfortunately people forget to lock their cars sometimes and when they’ve successfully gotten into one once they come back to the area.

“We need to make it as difficult as possible for these people – check nothing is on display, make sure your car is locked, and report everything to the police so they get a more accurate picture of what’s happening.”

A spokesperson for GMP said: “Shortly before 5pm on Tuesday 14 January 2020 police received a report that two people had been seen in the New Barn Street area of Bolton attempting to gain access to cars.

“Two people were seen trying door handles on cars before moving onto neighbouring vehicles.

“Police are investigating and anyone with information should call police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”