A councillor in Horwich has praised police for working well to tackle anti-social behaviour and drug dealing as the latest crime figures have been revealed.

Cllr Ryan Bamforth has said the neighbourhood team are also working to tackle poor parking around the Toughsheet Community Stadium on matchdays.

Figures have been released for March in the west of Bolton.

In that month, the data shows there were 32 vehicle crimes, 29 residential burglaries and 35 anti-social behaviour crimes.

There were four burglaries in each of Blackrod, Daisy Hill, Horwich North, Horwich East and Horwich West.

And there were five vehicle offences in Horwich West, four in Horwich South and three in both Blackrod and Westhoughton South.

The Bolton News: Police in Horwich earlier this year

And Cllr Bamforth, who represents Horwich, has said police are working well to tackle issues in the area.

He said: “The issues in the area are anti-social behaviour and drugs.

“I believe our neighbourhood team, led by Sergeant Emma Crowe, is working on this. 

“The police are active in the area, they are working with residents and they are making arrests.

The Bolton News: Ryan Bamforth

“They are following up on intelligence and they are working with the community, and we are seeing positive results.”

He also welcomed the move to tackle bad parking when Wanderers play at home.

Police vowed to tackle this problem in March.

Cllr Bamforth said: “They have been working with partners, working with Bolton Wanderers in the Community, they have handed out signs.

“There is always room for improvement though.”

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Police in the west of the borough have also given advice on how to avoid shed break-ins.

These are break-ins when an outdoor rather than a residential property is targeted.

They are generally done to target garden equipment, tools and bicycles.

People are urged to reinforce hinges and locks, consider anchoring a shed to the ground and to ensure valuable items are kept out of sight.

Residents are also urged to get CCTV if possible and to use gravel as an audible deterrent.