A 'CHOP shop' used to handle and sell stolen cars and vehicle parts has been uncovered in a mill in Great Lever.

Police officers from across Bolton made the discovery as they carried out a raid on the Asia Mill in Carter Street this morning.

There they found a stolen car and a "significant amount of vehicle parts".

On inspection the parts have so far been linked to five further stolen vehicles.

The Bolton News:

In a statement on social media, GMP Bolton North said: "We will be working with our partners to continue the investigation. The net is closing in."

Chop shops are illegal enterprises used by criminals to sell stolen cars.

Greater Manchester Police explained that the cars can sometimes be "stolen to order" for vehicles a chop shop wants to "repair".

Alternatively, parts unused for "repairs" to existing vehicles often have their serial numbers removed and sold online to unwitting buyers.

The Bolton News:

GMP Bolton North added: "Anyone with information in relation to crime in our area can contact the BoltonNorth Neighbourhood Team via Facebook or on 0161 856 5761, or alternatively the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website at https://crowd.in/obBpfl