Greater Manchester Police and Bolton Council's licensing teams took part in a joint operation on Tuesday, stopping numerous cars on a number of different offences.

A series of posts on GMP Traffic's Twitter pictured the vehicles stopped across Bolton, with some vehicles said to be seized, for reasons including drivers without insurance, insecure loads, defective tyres, and no waste licence.

One post by police accompanied by a selection of pictures showing pick-up trucks and other similar vehicles with beds filled with unsecure material said: "A few of the vehicles stopped yesterday (Tuesday) during a joint operation with GMP Safer Roads Targeting Team (SRTT) & Bolton Council licensing team.

"Five seizures for no insurance, six prohibition notices and numerous offences identified including insecure loads, defective tyres, dangerous condition, no waste licence."

A second post pictured a large lorry where the load was pushing out against the side curtains and was highlighted as a "prime example" when a load within a lorry is not properly secured.

A spokesman from GMP Traffic said: "For those who criticise us and say "that load will never move" or "the curtains will stop that moving".

"A prime example of what can happen when a load is not secured within a curtain sided trailer.

"Stopped yesterday in Bolton by GMP SRTT. The photos don't really do this justice."

Responding to a response asking how the driver did not notice the insecure load a GMP Traffic spokesman said: "Frighteningly the driver was fully aware of it but continued on regardless."