Two cars seized on Bolton's roads

This Is Lancashire: Two cars seized on Bolton's roads Two cars seized on Bolton's roads

TWO cars were seized from Bolton’s roads in a major crackdown to rid the streets of criminals.

Operation Galileo was GMP’s largest ever operation to remove criminals from the roads.

More than 250 police in more than 100 vehicles were drafted in for the operation on Thursday, which used automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology.

Police in Bolton were stationed on the A666 St Peter’s Way. Two cars were seized due the drivers having no insurance or licence.

The cars were seized and displayed in Albert Square, Manchester.

One person was summonsed to court for driving offences, six crimes were recorded for traffic offences including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile while driving.

Five drivers were advised on various issues including their speed and manner of driving.

Supt Craig Thompson, who was overseeing the operation, said: “We will not allow the safety of our roads to be compromised by criminals, and the purpose of today’s operation is to disrupt illegal activity and deny offenders the use of the roads.

“ANPR cameras are used to detect vehicles connected to crime, or those being driven illegally, and can scan more than 3,000 number plates an hour. There is a strong link between the illegal use of vehicles on the road and other types of serious crime, and we will use all equipment available to bring offenders to justice.

“Criminals can be assured that this is not just a one-off operation. Our officers patrol the roads 365 days of the year and will continue to target them.”

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8:16am Sat 26 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Good one. Anyone caught without vehicle insurance should have their car snatched for good. So should feckless idiots who use mobile handsets whilst driving. Any subsequent insurance required should be at least doubled from what they would normally pay. As well as a minimum 12 month ban for no insurance and a minimum 2 year ban for using a mobile handset.

Harsh? Not really! Killing someone through using a mobile whilst driving is harsh idiocy. Driving without insurance is just downright ludicrous.

We just p**s and f**k about about in this country and then end up causing us more issues than we started with.

Now I can see some idiots piping up saying they should catch proper criminals. Traffic cops are there primarily for traffic purposes, but they are also there to administer anything within a plods remit, and are doing so more than ever with the cut-backs.

This government have reduced traffic officers across the country by approximately 25%.
Good one. Anyone caught without vehicle insurance should have their car snatched for good. So should feckless idiots who use mobile handsets whilst driving. Any subsequent insurance required should be at least doubled from what they would normally pay. As well as a minimum 12 month ban for no insurance and a minimum 2 year ban for using a mobile handset. Harsh? Not really! Killing someone through using a mobile whilst driving is harsh idiocy. Driving without insurance is just downright ludicrous. We just p**s and f**k about about in this country and then end up causing us more issues than we started with. Now I can see some idiots piping up saying they should catch proper criminals. Traffic cops are there primarily for traffic purposes, but they are also there to administer anything within a plods remit, and are doing so more than ever with the cut-backs. This government have reduced traffic officers across the country by approximately 25%. wsw69
  • Score: 47

8:37am Sat 26 Apr 14

Citizen Cane says...

Those who drive with no insurance are generally associated with crime. They should get the camera coward cops out there crushing uninsured cars rather than victimising honest motorists doing 35 in a 30.
Those who drive with no insurance are generally associated with crime. They should get the camera coward cops out there crushing uninsured cars rather than victimising honest motorists doing 35 in a 30. Citizen Cane
  • Score: -6

8:40am Sat 26 Apr 14

Old Boltonian says...

Only two? In Bolton? Can't believe this, given sadly that in recent years Bolton has become infested with badly driven luxury cars, cruising up and down the main BL1 arterial roads and using the A666 as a racetrack. Surely police should have more than a passing interest in teenagers driving around in £100k vehicles? Just what is going on? Forget the old ' they're just hiring them' argument too, ever thought just how much it would cost to lease, hire or insure cars like these?
Only two? In Bolton? Can't believe this, given sadly that in recent years Bolton has become infested with badly driven luxury cars, cruising up and down the main BL1 arterial roads and using the A666 as a racetrack. Surely police should have more than a passing interest in teenagers driving around in £100k vehicles? Just what is going on? Forget the old ' they're just hiring them' argument too, ever thought just how much it would cost to lease, hire or insure cars like these? Old Boltonian
  • Score: 25

8:56am Sat 26 Apr 14

Phil from Smithills says...

The criminal fraternity could well have mobile phoned their mates tipping them off about the police check point if there were only two caught.
The criminal fraternity could well have mobile phoned their mates tipping them off about the police check point if there were only two caught. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 12

9:25am Sat 26 Apr 14

Thatissowrong says...

Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week.
Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here?
And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news?
Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week. Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here? And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news? Thatissowrong
  • Score: 6

11:04am Sat 26 Apr 14

The Wasp says...

Every single day I see some motorists on their mobile phones texting or speaking knowing full well there are no police around to stop them. The ones that do get stopped get slapped on the wrist and go and do it again anyway.
Every single day I see some motorists on their mobile phones texting or speaking knowing full well there are no police around to stop them. The ones that do get stopped get slapped on the wrist and go and do it again anyway. The Wasp
  • Score: 9

11:40am Sat 26 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

The Wasp wrote:
Every single day I see some motorists on their mobile phones texting or speaking knowing full well there are no police around to stop them. The ones that do get stopped get slapped on the wrist and go and do it again anyway.
That's is why when they are caught they should have their cars impounded and left to get onboard Shanks' Pony.

There is NOT one reason why anyone should be using a mobile handset whilst driving. Hands free bluetooth ear pieces are cheap enough, certainly cheaper than a ticket and some points.

People who use mobiles whilst driving are thick.They know the law on the use of mobile handsets and PC Plod has heard all the excuses and reasons a thousand times before. You aint a chance of escaping a ticket for the offence and quite rightly so.
[quote][p][bold]The Wasp[/bold] wrote: Every single day I see some motorists on their mobile phones texting or speaking knowing full well there are no police around to stop them. The ones that do get stopped get slapped on the wrist and go and do it again anyway.[/p][/quote]That's is why when they are caught they should have their cars impounded and left to get onboard Shanks' Pony. There is NOT one reason why anyone should be using a mobile handset whilst driving. Hands free bluetooth ear pieces are cheap enough, certainly cheaper than a ticket and some points. People who use mobiles whilst driving are thick.They know the law on the use of mobile handsets and PC Plod has heard all the excuses and reasons a thousand times before. You aint a chance of escaping a ticket for the offence and quite rightly so. wsw69
  • Score: 12

11:47am Sat 26 Apr 14

waker1 says...

They would have a field day over here on the Costa Blanca. So many people driving British registered cars with no tax,no mot and no insurance.As I look onto a car park near I can see three one drven by a Scottish couple who put a good 6 hour shift drinking in the local bars.
They would have a field day over here on the Costa Blanca. So many people driving British registered cars with no tax,no mot and no insurance.As I look onto a car park near I can see three one drven by a Scottish couple who put a good 6 hour shift drinking in the local bars. waker1
  • Score: 4

11:49am Sat 26 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

If the police put an unmarked car at the top end of Derby st on Daubhill and secretly filmed the locals driving habits, there'd be a marked increase in these figures for sure. Like someone else has mentioned the usual suspects have a mobile network of watch outs informing them of police activities which keeps the majority safe. And I'm sure this could be said about a few other areas in the town!
If the police put an unmarked car at the top end of Derby st on Daubhill and secretly filmed the locals driving habits, there'd be a marked increase in these figures for sure. Like someone else has mentioned the usual suspects have a mobile network of watch outs informing them of police activities which keeps the majority safe. And I'm sure this could be said about a few other areas in the town! Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 11

11:52am Sat 26 Apr 14

buskersball says...

250 police and 100 vehicles????
Not much of a result for so much man power...I suggest they were on the wrong road, the roads to Wigan and St Helens would have proved a lot more fruitful
250 police and 100 vehicles???? Not much of a result for so much man power...I suggest they were on the wrong road, the roads to Wigan and St Helens would have proved a lot more fruitful buskersball
  • Score: 15

12:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

SleepingThunder says...

I phoned about a car in area no insurance,car SORN ect.. they said they they could not do nothing if person was not in the car as no crime was being commited but i could try phoneing the DVLA ?
I phoned about a car in area no insurance,car SORN ect.. they said they they could not do nothing if person was not in the car as no crime was being commited but i could try phoneing the DVLA ? SleepingThunder
  • Score: 4

3:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Thatissowrong says...

In a major development on Friday the greater manchester police commissioner announced that some police officers turned up for work.
" I'm absolutely delighted with this turnout " said the commissioner, " We take coming to work very seriously and lessons will be learned so that when this happens again we may even get them to actually do some work ".
He went on to say that he was very disappointed that not one single reporter from the Bolton News turned up at the press conference to announce this exciting news, adding " I can't say that I'm all that surprised to be honest because all the BN ever does is publish our press releases ".
In a major development on Friday the greater manchester police commissioner announced that some police officers turned up for work. " I'm absolutely delighted with this turnout " said the commissioner, " We take coming to work very seriously and lessons will be learned so that when this happens again we may even get them to actually do some work ". He went on to say that he was very disappointed that not one single reporter from the Bolton News turned up at the press conference to announce this exciting news, adding " I can't say that I'm all that surprised to be honest because all the BN ever does is publish our press releases ". Thatissowrong
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Sat 26 Apr 14

templejohn says...

Why dont they try Chorley old road, any morning coming into Bolton,
drivers galore, on their phones, oblivious to everyone around them,
and not really looking like they give a toss anyway, try flashing at them ,and all you get is a load of abuse , and the good ole Finger, and then of coarse, get
down near Atlas mills , and youve got the Hari-Kari, taxi drivers flying out of
every side street, and of course, you cant call them !!
Come on plod, try that road in a morning......
Why dont they try Chorley old road, any morning coming into Bolton, drivers galore, on their phones, oblivious to everyone around them, and not really looking like they give a toss anyway, try flashing at them ,and all you get is a load of abuse , and the good ole Finger, and then of coarse, get down near Atlas mills , and youve got the Hari-Kari, taxi drivers flying out of every side street, and of course, you cant call them !! Come on plod, try that road in a morning...... templejohn
  • Score: 10

7:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

Thatissowrong wrote:
Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week.
Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here?
And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news?
Well done GMP. Although it's not 'breaking news' it lets the Manchester (and Bolton) public informed on its operations and success etc... so keep posting these good news stories. It's better than reading about some of the usual dross that happens in Bolton.

Re Thatissowrong wanting answers, although I can't speak for GMP, what I do know is that the A666 on St Peters way is arguably the busiest stretch of road within the boundaries of Bolton, which makes perfect sense to look for road traffic offences and uninsured cars.

If you want answers Thatissowrong, then contact Supt Craig Thompson who has been quoted in the article, I'm sure he or a spokesperson from GMP will speak to you.

Let us know how you get on, as I'm sure everybody is interested in your questions!
[quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week. Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here? And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news?[/p][/quote]Well done GMP. Although it's not 'breaking news' it lets the Manchester (and Bolton) public informed on its operations and success etc... so keep posting these good news stories. It's better than reading about some of the usual dross that happens in Bolton. Re Thatissowrong wanting answers, although I can't speak for GMP, what I do know is that the A666 on St Peters way is arguably the busiest stretch of road within the boundaries of Bolton, which makes perfect sense to look for road traffic offences and uninsured cars. If you want answers Thatissowrong, then contact Supt Craig Thompson who has been quoted in the article, I'm sure he or a spokesperson from GMP will speak to you. Let us know how you get on, as I'm sure everybody is interested in your questions! clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 2

7:38am Sun 27 Apr 14

Thatissowrong says...

clitheroe blue boy wrote:
Thatissowrong wrote:
Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week.
Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here?
And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news?
Well done GMP. Although it's not 'breaking news' it lets the Manchester (and Bolton) public informed on its operations and success etc... so keep posting these good news stories. It's better than reading about some of the usual dross that happens in Bolton.

Re Thatissowrong wanting answers, although I can't speak for GMP, what I do know is that the A666 on St Peters way is arguably the busiest stretch of road within the boundaries of Bolton, which makes perfect sense to look for road traffic offences and uninsured cars.

If you want answers Thatissowrong, then contact Supt Craig Thompson who has been quoted in the article, I'm sure he or a spokesperson from GMP will speak to you.

Let us know how you get on, as I'm sure everybody is interested in your questions!
Your name is a clue but the content of your posting confirms you are a police officer. I won't be contacting Craig Thompson - a waste of time asking probing questions to any public sector employee.
[quote][p][bold]clitheroe blue boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week. Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here? And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news?[/p][/quote]Well done GMP. Although it's not 'breaking news' it lets the Manchester (and Bolton) public informed on its operations and success etc... so keep posting these good news stories. It's better than reading about some of the usual dross that happens in Bolton. Re Thatissowrong wanting answers, although I can't speak for GMP, what I do know is that the A666 on St Peters way is arguably the busiest stretch of road within the boundaries of Bolton, which makes perfect sense to look for road traffic offences and uninsured cars. If you want answers Thatissowrong, then contact Supt Craig Thompson who has been quoted in the article, I'm sure he or a spokesperson from GMP will speak to you. Let us know how you get on, as I'm sure everybody is interested in your questions![/p][/quote]Your name is a clue but the content of your posting confirms you are a police officer. I won't be contacting Craig Thompson - a waste of time asking probing questions to any public sector employee. Thatissowrong
  • Score: 1

9:08am Sun 27 Apr 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

Thatissowrong wrote:
clitheroe blue boy wrote:
Thatissowrong wrote:
Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week.
Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here?
And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news?
Well done GMP. Although it's not 'breaking news' it lets the Manchester (and Bolton) public informed on its operations and success etc... so keep posting these good news stories. It's better than reading about some of the usual dross that happens in Bolton.

Re Thatissowrong wanting answers, although I can't speak for GMP, what I do know is that the A666 on St Peters way is arguably the busiest stretch of road within the boundaries of Bolton, which makes perfect sense to look for road traffic offences and uninsured cars.

If you want answers Thatissowrong, then contact Supt Craig Thompson who has been quoted in the article, I'm sure he or a spokesperson from GMP will speak to you.

Let us know how you get on, as I'm sure everybody is interested in your questions!
Your name is a clue but the content of your posting confirms you are a police officer. I won't be contacting Craig Thompson - a waste of time asking probing questions to any public sector employee.
I'm sorry to disappoint you Poirot, but no I'm not and nor do I work for GMP but yes I did have aspirations when I was younger but my career path lead me to running my own business here in sunny Bolton!

Unfortunately I've had to 'use' the services of the Police as a victim of crime in Bolton and can only say I received a good service and had my concerns and questions answered in a polite and courteous way. Hence another reason why I support them.

I do know a few and have several friends in the Police inc a distant family member, and yes I support what the Police do wholeheartedly. I appreciate what they do (and try to do)

My point was simple, it's a good news story about what's happening in Bolton and that the A666 is a common sense place to look for traffic offences with it being arguably the busiest stretch of road in Bolton. As I've learnt living here for a number of years.

You post questions as though the public are going to answer them or just to provoke a reaction? (Which seems to have worked) Why not ask the company/organisation direct? Just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clitheroe blue boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: Come on BN you published this press release earlier this week. Why didnt the so called reporter askthe police some of the obvious questions that arise from the piece, examples of which are contained in the posts on here? And I'll repeat what I posted earlier: police do job so how is this news?[/p][/quote]Well done GMP. Although it's not 'breaking news' it lets the Manchester (and Bolton) public informed on its operations and success etc... so keep posting these good news stories. It's better than reading about some of the usual dross that happens in Bolton. Re Thatissowrong wanting answers, although I can't speak for GMP, what I do know is that the A666 on St Peters way is arguably the busiest stretch of road within the boundaries of Bolton, which makes perfect sense to look for road traffic offences and uninsured cars. If you want answers Thatissowrong, then contact Supt Craig Thompson who has been quoted in the article, I'm sure he or a spokesperson from GMP will speak to you. Let us know how you get on, as I'm sure everybody is interested in your questions![/p][/quote]Your name is a clue but the content of your posting confirms you are a police officer. I won't be contacting Craig Thompson - a waste of time asking probing questions to any public sector employee.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry to disappoint you Poirot, but no I'm not and nor do I work for GMP but yes I did have aspirations when I was younger but my career path lead me to running my own business here in sunny Bolton! Unfortunately I've had to 'use' the services of the Police as a victim of crime in Bolton and can only say I received a good service and had my concerns and questions answered in a polite and courteous way. Hence another reason why I support them. I do know a few and have several friends in the Police inc a distant family member, and yes I support what the Police do wholeheartedly. I appreciate what they do (and try to do) My point was simple, it's a good news story about what's happening in Bolton and that the A666 is a common sense place to look for traffic offences with it being arguably the busiest stretch of road in Bolton. As I've learnt living here for a number of years. You post questions as though the public are going to answer them or just to provoke a reaction? (Which seems to have worked) Why not ask the company/organisation direct? Just a thought. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 4

9:46am Mon 28 Apr 14

Cheeseware says...

I've reported an untaxed car parked in our street. 3 weeks later its still there. 2 cars seized in a 'Major Crackdown' yet they do nothing when handed an untaxed car on a plate.
I've reported an untaxed car parked in our street. 3 weeks later its still there. 2 cars seized in a 'Major Crackdown' yet they do nothing when handed an untaxed car on a plate. Cheeseware
  • Score: 2

10:54am Mon 28 Apr 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

Home is where the heart is wrote:
If the police put an unmarked car at the top end of Derby st on Daubhill and secretly filmed the locals driving habits, there'd be a marked increase in these figures for sure. Like someone else has mentioned the usual suspects have a mobile network of watch outs informing them of police activities which keeps the majority safe. And I'm sure this could be said about a few other areas in the town!
YOU BEAT ME TO IT I WAS ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING SIMILAR, WE ALL KNOW WHO THE WRONGDOERS ARE ON DERBY ST/ST. HELENS ROAD :-)
[quote][p][bold]Home is where the heart is[/bold] wrote: If the police put an unmarked car at the top end of Derby st on Daubhill and secretly filmed the locals driving habits, there'd be a marked increase in these figures for sure. Like someone else has mentioned the usual suspects have a mobile network of watch outs informing them of police activities which keeps the majority safe. And I'm sure this could be said about a few other areas in the town![/p][/quote]YOU BEAT ME TO IT I WAS ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING SIMILAR, WE ALL KNOW WHO THE WRONGDOERS ARE ON DERBY ST/ST. HELENS ROAD :-) VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 3

4:19pm Tue 29 Apr 14

julieanddave says...

im sick of cars speeding up and down blackburn rd plus their on their mobiles police are never there
im sick of cars speeding up and down blackburn rd plus their on their mobiles police are never there julieanddave
  • Score: -1

11:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

the hand says...

All Areas mention seem to have a common thread wonder why we all get it but plod doesn't just a thought but do you think plod is to scared in this politically correct land we live in to do what the British tax payer pay their taxes for just a thought
All Areas mention seem to have a common thread wonder why we all get it but plod doesn't just a thought but do you think plod is to scared in this politically correct land we live in to do what the British tax payer pay their taxes for just a thought the hand
  • Score: 1

11:39am Wed 30 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

the hand wrote:
All Areas mention seem to have a common thread wonder why we all get it but plod doesn't just a thought but do you think plod is to scared in this politically correct land we live in to do what the British tax payer pay their taxes for just a thought
What a pillock of a comment! I see more white people using a mobile handset whilst being in charge of a vehicle, than I do asian (that is EXACTLY who your racist comment is pointing at).

Let's have it right. All ages, creeds, colours etc use mobile handsets whilst driving. So narrowing it down in your comment is blatant racism.

As for the police, who also come in varying colours, ethnicities and the like, can't be in all places at all times.

The police deal with the lowest dregs of society in all situations.

If YOU have an issue with the police not dealing with every crime commited concerning use of a mobile handset, then join up, do the job, take the huge quantities of 5h1te they get and let's see your opinion change.

Remember, only thick, selfish people use mobiles whilst driving. And in some cases they end up killing them selves and in some cases quite a few others.

And rather than let your narrow minded iffy brain wonder what colour I am, then I will tell you. White, born and bred in Bolton, 52 and am not racist, like some.

I suggest you search using these words - driver-dies-after-po
sting-facebook-selfi
e. That happened yesterday in the US. Enough said!

Am I feeling sorry for the victim - no I am not. Why? Because she could have wiped out, maimed and killed anyone around her.
[quote][p][bold]the hand[/bold] wrote: All Areas mention seem to have a common thread wonder why we all get it but plod doesn't just a thought but do you think plod is to scared in this politically correct land we live in to do what the British tax payer pay their taxes for just a thought[/p][/quote]What a pillock of a comment! I see more white people using a mobile handset whilst being in charge of a vehicle, than I do asian (that is EXACTLY who your racist comment is pointing at). Let's have it right. All ages, creeds, colours etc use mobile handsets whilst driving. So narrowing it down in your comment is blatant racism. As for the police, who also come in varying colours, ethnicities and the like, can't be in all places at all times. The police deal with the lowest dregs of society in all situations. If YOU have an issue with the police not dealing with every crime commited concerning use of a mobile handset, then join up, do the job, take the huge quantities of 5h1te they get and let's see your opinion change. Remember, only thick, selfish people use mobiles whilst driving. And in some cases they end up killing them selves and in some cases quite a few others. And rather than let your narrow minded iffy brain wonder what colour I am, then I will tell you. White, born and bred in Bolton, 52 and am not racist, like some. I suggest you search using these words - driver-dies-after-po sting-facebook-selfi e. That happened yesterday in the US. Enough said! Am I feeling sorry for the victim - no I am not. Why? Because she could have wiped out, maimed and killed anyone around her. wsw69
  • Score: 2

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