A car has been seized after police said that its registration plates did not match up with its VIN number.

Officers from the Farnworth Neighbourhood Team were called to Harbury Close, Deane on Tuesday evening to reports of a “suspicious” vehicle in the area.

There they said they found a car with registration plates that did not appear to be valid.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Farnworth Neighbourhood Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on Harbury Close, Deane last night.

“Officers checked the VIN number against the displayed registration plates and confirmed they did not match so the vehicle was recovered.

As yet, police have not reported any arrests in connection with the false plates.

This comes amid long running issues with car crime across Bolton and Greater Manchester as a whole with police reporting several cases of cars being found with false plates attached as well as cases of drink and drug driving on the roads.

Anyone with concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour on the roads in their communities can contact police on 101 or can call 999 in the event of an emergency.

Alternatively, witnesses can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.