POLICE say that recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in hotspot areas has decreased. 

Officers have increased patrols over the past few months in specific locations in Leigh town centre and Parsonage Retail Park.

Police say that there has been a reduction in reported incidents in hotpot areas since February.

Leigh Bus Station has seen recorded cases drop by two-thirds and Parsonage Retail Park by 43 per cent.

Meanwhile, recorded crime has decreased by 15 per cent.

In a statement neighbourhood inspector Andrew Smith said: "Your Neighbourhood Policing Team are as busy as ever.

"We’re still focusing our patrols on key hotspot locations, which is why it’s so important to report incidents so that we can try to be in the right places and the right times.

"Since February we have put in over 300 hours of additional patrolling in Leigh Town Centre and at Parsonage Retail Park as part of our work with Wigan Council and other partners, including local charities who provided diversionary activities for young people."

Inspector Smith added: "Recorded crime has reduced by over 15 per cent in that period and we’ve seen incidents reduce at Leigh Bus Station by 67 per cent and at Parsonage Retail Park by 43 per cent.

"At one location in the town centre we’ve seen a 90% reduction in recorded crime. There’s still plenty of work to do, plenty of other locations that need some TLC and plenty of crime to tackle, but it’s positive news."

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