PARENTS are being asked to ensure where their children are, while residents are urged to be vigilant after a spate of nuisance fires.

Firefighters were called to a recycling plant for the sixth time on Sunday night.

The blaze is thought to have started deliberately by youths.

The fire service received the call at 7.15pm after flames were spotted from from Oakenbottom Road in Breightmet.

Firefighters battled the fire at the Chadwick Recycling Plant for around an hour.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “Two breathing apparatus were committed to what was a single storey building.

“It was approximately 25 metres by 10 metres. There was also a hosereel.

“The three appliances worked for 60 minutes to deal with the incident.

“They conducted a thorough search of the building to ensure there were no youths still inside.”

The firefighter added: “This is the sixth time fire service have been mobilised to an incident here in the last two months.”

Now the fire service is to work with the local authority to tackle the nuisance fires in the areas.

Cllr Mudasir Dean, Bolton Council cabinet member for stronger communities, told The Bolton News: "We are looking at anti-social behaviour incidents.

"I would say to parent to ensure where their children are and for residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities.

"We need to work together in a partnership approach with the local authority and community safety to tackle such incidents.

"The police need to have a more visible presence which we have been told will happen and I will ensure that it does."

Recently, Bolton MP Mark Logan staged his first community crime forum in Breightmet and Tonge with the Haulgh t

He brought together local residents, councillors and senior members of Greater Manchester Police, to discuss the issues that matter most to them.

From anti-social behaviour to speeding, the community crime forum gave residents the opportunity to hear directly from local police and councillors about policing priorities in their area.