SADDLEWORTH’S POLICE team may soon be whizzing around the hills as they have applied for funding for electric G-Tech bikes to help them get around.
The 12 officers in the community team at Uppermill are hoping to get their hands on the bikes, which cost £995 each, if funding is approved.
PC Lee Cullen explained: “We currently have six mountain bikes and a couple of cars, so these extra bikes would be really great to help us get around.
‘They will be invaluable to help us up the hills more quickly and to access all part of Saddleworth more easily and safely so we can do our job more efficiently.”
Meanwhile, Sergeant Neil Barker added that he is pleased with crime figures over the last month, despite a few spikes in thefts from vehicles.
“Generally the figures are looking very positive from over the last month,” he told the Saddleworth and Lees District Parntership meeting in July.
“We are three months into the new police set-up at Uppermill and it seems to be working.
“In Saddleworth South there were only four burglaries other than dwellings in last month, and in Saddleworth and Lees there were two thefts from motor vehicles and two burglaries.
“These numbers are lower than usual so that’s good news.
“We have seen a spike in thefts from vehicles in areas around Springhead, Lees and Grotton so we are doing some work there.
“And in Saddleworth North there has been an issue recently with five burglaries but we can find no real pattern so we are doing some more work on this too.”