Suspected “Chop Shops” In Bolton

Five people in Bolton were arrested as a part of an investigation into the stolen vehicle that worth over £500k.GMP’s Bolton district carried out warrants in Farnworth, Halliwell, and Westhoughton and found a number of vehicles and parts that are suspected to be stolen.

Four men, aged 58,29,22, and 25 and a 24-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods, and money laundering in Farnworth. The stolen cars and parts are currently undergoing examination. The investigation continues.

Sergeant Andrew Devonshire, from GMP’s Bolton district, said: “These arrests have been the result of on-going work and an investigation into a suspected network of chop shops which is all part of our aim to reduce vehicle thefts across Greater Manchester.”

“Theft of motor vehicles is a national issue and we continuously work with colleagues across the UK to tackle the problem and there are a number of investigations and lines of enquiry on-going across Greater Manchester and the North West.”

Anyone who has information about car thefts or anyone who believes the suspicious activity is taking place at premises’ can report it online or on LiveChat at Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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