A “fire damaged” car that police suspect was stolen was seized this week.

Officers had been on patrol in Horwich on the afternoon of Thursday, April 11 when they heard reports about an abandoned car.

They found the dark grey car abandoned on Hope Street North.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “While out on patrol in the Horwich area this afternoon, two of the PCSOs from our team responded to reports of an abandoned vehicle on Hope Street North.

“The vehicle was found to have sustained potential fire damage inside and was on false plates so was therefore seized on suspicion of being a stolen vehicle.

The Bolton News: The car has now been seizedThe car has now been seized (Image: GMP)

“The team receive a lot of reports of abandoned vehicles or vehicles that have been parked inconsiderately.

“Sometimes, depending on circumstances of the vehicle or the way it is parked, we may not have the relevant legislation to be able to ticket or remove it.

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“We act within our powers and remove vehicle when we can as we understand these issues are an annoyance to our community.”

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

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