Officers have identified a man wanted in connection with two town centre burglaries and harassment.

The man was arrested following a routine stop and search this week and was taken to police custody for questioning.

It comes as the Bolton South Neighbourhood team stepped up patrols in the town centre in the lead up to Christmas.

The public will continue to see an increase in police presence in the centre during the festive period, and police are keen for people to engage with them.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police, Bolton South, said: “In the lead up to Christmas, Bolton South Neighbourhood officers have shown an increased presence within the town centre.

“Following a routine stop and search this week officers have identified a male who was wanted for two burglaries, and harassment.

“The male was swiftly arrested and taken into police custody for questioning.

“A continued increase of presence will be shown over the festive period.

“If you see our Police Officers or PCSO's out in the town centre, please engage with them, they will be happy to help.”

Just last week police were given extra powers after a rise in anti-social behaviour in the town centre, and a dispersal order was put in place, meaning police were able to order people out of the area.

Police patrols were stepped up as a result.

Patrols have been increased in hotspot locations known to be an issue with officers paying regular visits throughout the town centre.

This includes checking in on planned events for the centre, local retail parks, the interchange, and shopping centres.

Last month the issue of anti-social behaviour was described as an epidemic on Bolton's Bradshawgate, and across the town centre according to one councillor.

Anyone with information on a crime should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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