A Bolton woman has hit out at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) after saying the force closed the investigation into her stolen car after 40 minutes.

Jennifer Craven parked her Fiat 500 outsider her home on Ashwell Street, near Tonge Moor Road, last week.

However she later found the vehicle had been stolen between midnight and 4am on Friday, October 27.

The radiographer has no idea how it was taken as she had locked the vehicle and her keys were not taken.

She also saw no glass on the ground to indicate windows have been smashed.

But Mrs Craven said she was disappointed by how the police reacted to the theft.

She said: “I have no idea how they got it, they did not get the keys.

“I phoned the police and they asked if I had CCTV.

“They said somebody will contact you with a crime reference number.

“I got an email 40 minutes later and it said the case is now closed.

“Could they not even try maybe looking at ANPR cameras?

“I have tried the café across the road from house but the camera does not face that way.

“I saw police say that car crime was a priority for them.

“People are stealing cars because they know they will get away with it.”

Mrs Craven said an officer had contacted her husband and told her that they did not have enough staff.

She said: “We do not have enough staff at my work but I still have to do my job.”

The 47-year-old added: “They might have changed the registration plates there and then which would make it hard to trace but they could have at least tried.”

Last month matching Nissan cars were stolen in Astley Bridge by the use of a scanner.

GMP has been approached for a comment.