Police are trying to crack down on anti-social behavior hotspots in Bury following a series of recent incidents.
In recent months, a number of knife-wielding robberies have been reported in the city center, as well as ‘violent disorder’ at Radcliffe Metrolink Station.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will now deploy more officers on the streets focusing on specific problem areas – Bury city center, Bury East, Redvales and Moorside, including the Bury transport exchange.
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The intervention, which was launched yesterday (Monday, November 8), is called Operation Saturn and will see GMP work with other agencies such as Youth Services and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Chief Superintendent Chris Hill of GMP’s Bury District said: “Operation Saturn is about getting back to basics and working with partners and communities in the right place and at the right time to really make a difference.
“This is about high visibility and getting cops out on the streets to listen to what our community has to say, and to help provide that protective and reassuring presence. It’s also about sending a message to offenders about, that GMP is here and we will take action wherever necessary to bring this kind of insult all the way down.
“Yesterday’s launch was a really positive step in our commitment to protecting our community, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this develops and improves over time.”
Chief Inspector Jamie Collins of GMP’s Bury District added: “The feedback from the Bury communities is that they do not see enough neighborhood officers guarding the areas.”
“Operation Saturn is about putting high-minded uniformed officers into those areas of concern, and is just one of the positive steps forward in our commitment to prevent and reduce crime, injuries and ASB.
“This operation goes back to the basics of policing and focuses on the importance of high visibility patrols on our streets and ensuring that we engage with members of the local community to both understand their concerns for the area and also offer advice and tips on , how best to stay safe from injury.
“Our communities expect to see us on foot across the district and in their neighborhoods, and we are committed to making this a normality and making our neighborhood a safe and inviting place to live.”
The Bury Council’s cabinet member for local councilor Richard Gold said: “We know there have been growing concerns from residents about antisocial behavior and it is important that residents feel safe and secure when out and about in their own homes. initiative is great because it will help target these hot spot locations, and with lots of visible cops, it will help in the overall fight against antisocial behavior.
“Seeing more police on the streets is definitely the way forward and greatly helps with security in the community, and I look forward to seeing regular repeat operations of this kind in the area.”
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