An update on Westhoughton’s crime situation

Police tape

More than 1,300 residents have backed My Westhoughton’s campaign to bring back our town’s axed police officers.

Westhoughton’s police officers have been reduced from four to just two despite the town growing.

Police cuts

Town councillors David Wilkinson and Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon launched the campaign to restore policing numbers.

Bernadette said: “We need these police officers back. We’ve seen some very alarming crimes including armed robberies in recent weeks and people are quite rightly feeling very worried about it all.”

The campaign is calling on Bolton West MP Chris Green to demand more resources for Greater Manchester Police from his boss Theresa May.

If you have already backed the campaign, you can add your name now.

Crime meeting

If you are concerned about the level of crime and policing in Westhoughton then we encourage you to attend a public meeting which is to be held at Westhoughton High School on Wednesday 7th February at 7pm.

The police along with other agencies and organisations will be present to hear from residents and to offer advice and support.

If you’re on Facebook you can say you’re attending on the event page and share it with friends.

Tips for tackling crime

  1. Follow simple advice from the police. Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house. Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox. Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied. Secure bikes in a garage or shed. Don’t leave valuables on display in your vehicle.
  2. If you’re on Facebook you can join our new Friends of My Westhoughton group. We’ve set this group up so that residents can quickly share information about criminal activity with each other. By looking out for each other we can make alert people to what’s going on in the area.
  3. Look out for your neighbours by joining or set up a new Home Watch scheme through Westhoughton Town Council’s scheme. Contact the town clerk westhoughtontc@tiscali.co.uk for more information about getting involved.


  1. So what is happening with all the cars that simply think it ok to park with the majority of their vehicle on the footpath? These aren’t just commuters parking near to Daisy Hill station without thought for prams and pushchairs these are vans and residents. Most roads around Daisy Hill and Westhoughton suffer the same and the trend is growing. The bypass is urgently needed as a starter and some law enforcement about pavement parkers

  2. Lobby Chris Green by all means but you should also be putting pressure on the GM Mayor’s office as it determines police spending priorities locally.

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