Police raided two properties as part of an investigation into 'chop shops' in Bolton.

Bolton police officers swooped on two addresses this morning.

A man aged 41 was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and a woman aged 43 has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

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They remain in custody for questioning.

Police executed the warrants at Westfield Avenue and Hillfield Drive where an estimated £100k worth of vehicle parts, mostly consisting of Fiat 500 and Abarth models, were seized.

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Also seized was a selection of car keys, VRM equipment and a variety of equipment used for stealing and concealing the true identify of a vehicle.

PC Samuel Burgess from the Bolton Neighbourhood Crime Team said: “The warrants executed today have led to the recovery of numerous vehicle parts and are just one example of the proactive and positive work we do to keep criminal activity off our streets.

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“Although our work will continue to tackle this, I would encourage anyone who may have information or suspect that someone in their area is involved with vehicle theft to get in touch with police.

“Intelligence we receive from the public is always beneficial to our investigations.”