Swinley Residents' Group


Greater Manchester Police are working hard to crime and anti-social behaviour to make your area a safer place to live and work.  You can have your say on how these priorities are set by contacting your neighbourhood policing team and helping the GMP identify the issues that matter to you.  Here are the priorities that Greater Manchester Police are tackling in our area:

What: Reduce anti-social behaviour
Where: Mesnes Park
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday between 5pm and midnight
Update: High Profile Policing and funds are secured to run diversionary activities during the summer months with partners

What: Reduce anti-social behaviour
Where: Moore Street, Whelley
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday between 7pm and 1am
Update: High Profiling Policing and working with landowners to secure the location the prevent youths accessing

What: Reduce anti-social behaviour
Where: Wigan Lane jtn Standishgate 
When: Friday, Saturday between 7pm and 1am
Update: High Profiling Policing and working with Wigan Council's ASB Unit


Issued: Monday 12 July 2010

Police Officers and Wigan Council have been out working together on the streets to combat rogue trading in Wigan

Rogue trading refers to using untrained or unqualified labour to provide little or shoddy work at inflated prices, usually with little regard for health and safety. Experience shows rogue traders are also likely to steal from their victims and be responsible for bogus caller type offence, ie. pretending to pose as companies such as the water board and encouraging people to invite them into their home.

Officers carried out road policing checks to identify any vehicles suspected of being used for illegal trading. During checks three contractor vehicles were seized and 11 fixed penalty notices were issued for road traffic offences. One person was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol.

Health and safety executives, housing benefit officers and uniformed police staff visited 26 contractor and traders at residential premises where building work was taking place to check safety standards were being met.  As a result, a building site has been temporarily closed.

Trading Standard officers and PCSOs were also at ASDA in Leigh providing advice about doorstep crime and raising awareness about rogue trading. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Inspector Inspector Mark Chadderton from Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division said:  “Rogue traders give honest, professional workers a bad name and are a menace to society. They prey on vulnerable people, especially older residents, and can systematically rob them of their hard-earned life savings.  

Tools and equipment used by these criminals tend to be badly maintained and are often found to be dangerous or stolen.  Motor vehicles used by them are often untaxed, uninsured and without a valid MOT.

We along with the council remain committed to raising awareness of doorstep crime in the community. We will continue to bring these callous thieves to justice, making them realise that operating outside the law is not acceptable – they will be caught.”

Wigan Council’s Chief Trading Standards Officer, Julie Middlehurst, commented:

"Rogue traders will often turn-up unannounced and offer to do work at your home, but what they’re really after is your hard earned cash, whereas genuine traders are unlikely to call on the off-chance that you want work doing. So, always keep them out until you are sure they are who they say they are.

We advise consumers to shop around and try to get three quotes for any intended ‘big’ jobs or purchases so that they are getting the best possible deal. Also, consumers are advised not to sign-up for a product immediately, but speak to a relative or friend beforehand to get their advice."

For information and advice on consumer related issues you can call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 (calls charged at local rate).

To report illegal activity call police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To contact the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7124 or email wigan.apt@gmp.police.uk

Other Neighbourhood Policing Teams: 

To contact the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7188 or email: pemberton.apt@gmp.police.uk

To contact the Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7436 or email: hindley.apt@gmp.police.uk    
To contact the Leigh Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7225 or email: leigh.apt@gmp.police.uk

To contact the Atherton Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7319 or email: atherton.apt@gmp.police.uk 

Policing Swinley's a doddle?


Well this is what we aim for ... we want every Police Officer and PCSO in Wigan

to want to police Swinley, because it's the cushiest job in town - and by working

together we feel this really is an achievable goal!  The Police Service has never  

been as accessible as it is today.  For an interesting peek into what we can expect,

the service we receive, and to get to know our Police Officers and Police Community

Support Officers (who are actually at the butt end of most things we'd all rather not  

think about), then click Here


New Neighbourhood Police Team



Wigan Neighbourhood Inspector Glenn Jones


Neighbourhood Policing puts officers right at the heart of communities where they can respond to local concerns and make neighbourhoods safer places to live.

The Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team covers the following areas: Wigan town centre, Standish, Higher and Lower Ince, Scholes, Whelley, Beech Hill, Swinley, Gidlow, Springfield, Aspull, Shevington and Appley Bridge.

To contact the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7124 or email wigan.apt@gmp.police.uk

For updates on what your team has been doing in your area, or to find out about local officers, priorities and surgeries, go to:  http://members.webs.com/MembersB/EditPage/www.gmp.police.uk/wigan-area  

For non-emergency calls or to report crime, call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Use 999 only in emergencies where there is a threat to life or a crime in progress.