Extra police patrols have been in place after reports of anti-social behaviour in “hotspot areas.”

The reports had been received from people around the Market Street area in Little Lever, close to the new library and health centre.

The Bolton News has previously reported on anti-social behaviour impacting in that area, with police saying it is key priority for them to stamp it out.

A shop manager has previously spoken about how he was targeted by youths, while there have previously been incidents in Little Lever Library.

Only last month a dispersal order was put in place for a time  in Little Lever after reports of young people causing a 'nuisance'.

The Dispersal Order powers came under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and extra officers were deployed around the area both on foot and in patrol cars.

Speaking on Tuesday night, police say that a constable was sent out to monitor the area.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Due to reports of anti-social behaviour taking place, PC Ferguson has been patrolling in hotspot areas around Market Street, Little Lever.

“Look out for further social media posts detailing when your next community PACT meeting will take place and have your say on issues affecting our community.”

PACT meetings refer to Partners and Community Together events which bring together police, elected councillors and other officials at public meetings.

They are held all over Bolton and give members of the public to question police officers and other officials about what it being done to tackle crime and other issues in their areas.

They also allow officers to feedback to their superiors about what is being said on the ground.

Anyone with any information or concerns can call police on 101 or 999 in the event of an emergency.

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