Operation Overspill: Ensuring the safety of Bolton’s night-time economy (NTE)
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Launching in May 2022, in response to issues in the town centre, Operation Overspill has resulted in nearly 50 arrests for a wide range of crime, including drunk and disorderly, assault, robbery, theft, sexual assault, threats to kill, criminal damage and racially aggravated public disorder.
The operation has also resulted in 12 dispersal notices being issued to remove groups from the town centre whose behaviour has or is likely to result in harm to members of the public.
Alongside Bolton Council, NTE Licensing training has been delivered to staff ensuring they’re fully briefed on safeguarding, search powers, Challenge 25, and counter terrorism initiatives.
Chief Inspector Justine Topping, of GMP Bolton’s Neighbourhood and Partnerships team, said: “Keeping people safe as they enjoy the night-time economy is of great importance to both GMP and Bolton Council. Our officers are really invested in this operation to prevent and reduce crime in the town centre at night and, as a result, we have made a good number of arrests.
“We’re simultaneously running Operation Lioness which focuses on keeping women and girls safe –plain clothes officers patrol the town centre to combat predatory behaviour and safeguard anyone who is particularly vulnerable. Meanwhile, we are working with Bolton Council to ensure the safety of licenced premises and taxis.
“We have every intention of continuing this operation to ensure long term benefits. As our good work in Bolton’s town centre continues, we are on the lookout for like-minded officers to join us - you can apply to be a police officer via gmp.police.uk/recruitment.”