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Home WatchTwo new areas in Hart Common and Summerfields are to join Westhoughton’s extensive Home Watch scheme.

The project, which sees residents looking out for each other’s properties and their neighbourhood, now has 160 schemes in Westhoughton.

A new monthly newsletter for residents who act as Home Watch co-ordinators is also set to launch.

A new Twitter page @HowfenH has been set up to offer residents’ important crime prevention advice.

Westhoughton town councillor David Wilkinson said: “The scheme is a real success and I’m delighted that we have two new areas joining.”

Cllr Wilkinson has proposed that a new annual event is launched to thank all of the co-ordinators for their efforts each year and to allow them a networking opportunity to share ideas and information with each other, something which is now being explored.