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Man charged with three town centre ‘business burglaries’

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Liam Haydock, of Newby Road, Bolton, has been remanded by Greater Manchester Police to appear at magistrates’ court, according to GMP’s Bolton West division.

The 34-year-old will appear at Manchester & Salford Magistrates Court today (Thursday, June 6).

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Detective sergeant Deighton of Bolton’s Neighbourhood Crime Team said: “Crimes against businesses can take many forms and we are committed to identify those responsible.

“Information received from the public assists us with identifying those responsible and we urge any victims of this type of crime to report it to us.

“You can report crimes against businesses by calling 101 or online.

“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Earlier this year, Bolton police continued their crackdown on town centre shoplifting, with a team dedicated to tackling the crime.

Data released in April shows that the number of shoplifting offences recorded by police in England and Wales has risen to the highest level in 20 years.

A total of 430,104 offences were logged by forces last year, up more than a third (37 per cent) on the 315,040 recorded in the previous 12 months to December 2022.

The figure is the highest since current records began in the year to March 2003, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which described the latest increase as “notable”.

The figures also show the number of offences involving theft from the person stood at 125,563 in 2023, up 18 per cent from 106,606 in 2022 and is the highest level since 2004 (137,154).

The number of robberies recorded rose by 13 per cent last year to 81,094, up from 71,983 in 2022 – although this is still 26 per cent lower than the year ending March 2003 (110,271).

In April, The College of Policing said the nationwide rise in shoplifting is “worrying”, adding: “We know shoplifting is a major public concern, and that’s why we’re boosting our guidance, providing additional support and being clear on the standards expected.

“There is more to do, and we will continue to focus attention on this crime.”

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