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BOLTON: Business owners’ confidence in police at ‘rock bottom’ after spate of town centre break-ins

BOLTON: Business owners’ confidence in police at ‘rock bottom’ after spate of town centre break-ins

Confidence in the police from Farnworth town centre business owners is ‘at rock bottom’ after a spate of recent break-ins, councillors have heard.

Bolton’s full council heard that there has been a persistent problem with burglaries with premises being broken into each night.

A recent example happened at the Royal Balti House which was targeted just before 5.30am on Sunday, November 21.

CCTV footage from the restaurant showed a man rooting through the restaurant’s upstairs office where money was allegedly taken.

The man then made his way downstairs into the restaurant and heads behind the till, where he appears to steal more money and an iPad.

During the meeting Coun Maureen Flitcroft said many more businesses had suffered in recent weeks.

She, said: “Farnworth town centre remains in the news for all the right reasons. with the prospect of major regeneration.

“However there has recently been a large spike in burglaries int he town centre business sector.

“Businesses have been broken into each night and vandalism remains a persistent issue

“Business owners and residents are understandable feeling annoyed and are questioning the effectiveness of policing and security across Farnworth town centre.

“Their confidence in police at the moment is rock bottom, they are so frustrated.

“Will the cabinet member seek assurances from GMP that Farnworth town centre is a priority

Cabinet member Mudasir Dean, said he would be directly addressing the issue with senior police officers in Bolton.

He said : “The rise in burglaries and vandalism is a real concern.

“There are also other areas in Bolton facing similar issues but I will look at those specific concerns for Farnworth.

“I have regular meetings with the police and will be highlighted with the chief inspector next Tuesday.”

Since his appointment earlier, GMP’s new chief constable Stephen Watson has pledged changes to the way the force operates.

He has promised to address the under-recording and investigation of crime and said there will be a big increase in arrests.

He ordered the re-opening of the custody suite in Bolton and said that ‘ours will be a much more interventionist, proactive on the front foot type approach to tackling criminality’.

Words: Chris Gee, Local Democracy Reporter

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