RESIDENTS across Bolton have given their views on how to make the borough safer after complaints about drug dealing, speeding and rowdy behaviour.

This comes after the launch of the Bolton Community Safety Partnership which surveyed just under 400 people on their views on crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.

They reported their top three concerns as drug dealing, speeding and rowdy or anti-social behaviour and suggested closer working between key agencies and the local community, including through initiatives like neighbourhood watch groups as potential ways of tackling issues like these.

Bolton Council cabinet member for stronger communities Cllr Mudasir Dean said: "I am grateful to everyone who took time to complete the survey.

"We received a wide range of responses from residents of all ages and backgrounds, giving us a real understanding of what matters to people in Bolton when it comes to community safety.

"We understand this is a key area of concern for many in Bolton and these ideas will now have a direct impact on Bolton Community Safety Partnership’s priorities."

The consultation ran for four weeks after being launched by the Bolton Community Safety Partnership in response to various concerns about crime in the borough.

Bolton Community Safety Partnership is made up of local organisations who work together to make the borough safer by reducing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.

Members include public agencies like Bolton Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and health providers as well as the probation and youth justice services.

They work with others such as housing providers and charities or community groups through Bolton CVS.

The partnership hope to be able to put the views of the residents canvassed into practice and crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour across Bolton utilising all of the specialities of the agencies involved.