Mounted police and underwater unit brought in to help tackle crime rise in Saddleworth

A SADDLEWORTH canal was the scene of a police underwater search during a hunt for evidence following a recent arrest.

The North West Police’s Underwater Search and Marine Unit along with Sergeant Jones from Oldham’s Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team (INPT) visited the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Shaw Hall Bank Road in Greenfield to carry out their search.

The Underwater team explore the canal
One of the Unit’s vans at the scene

Sergeant Jones explained: “The team were called in to conduct a short search of the canal in relation to the arrest of a male here yesterday (February 25).

“It is part of our search for evidence related to recent commercial burglaries across Saddleworth.”

ON PATROL: The mounted police in Uppermill (picture thanks to GMP Saddleworth and Lees)

Meanwhile, later on the same day the mounted Police division from GMP Chorlton took to the streets to increase the police presence in the area after the recent rise in crime.

Sergeant Neil Barker, based at Oldham, told the Saddleworth Parish Council’s recent meeting that work is ongoing but in the last two weeks there has been a significant fall in crimes.

He confirmed there were 27 linked commercial offences across Oldham from November 1, 2015 to February 10, 2016 – compared to 14 in the same period a year ago.

But since February 10, there have been only a handful of similar crimes reported.


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