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'Max Power' Gathering Targeted in Pemberton
Friday 20th November, 2009

Vehicles gathering for a Max Power-style event were targeted by police in Pemberton during an operation last weekend.

Officers maintained a high-profile presence around Westwood Park Drive in response to around 60 cars gathering in the area and monitored CCTV to check if vehicles were being driven in an anti-social manner.

Warning signs were also erected in advance to advise owners that their cars could be seized.

The operation resulted in the main organiser of the event being identified and two vehicles being confiscated.

In addition, warning letters were sent to owners of a large number of cars present at the gathering.

Inspector Phil James of the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This event was advertised well in advance and was expected to involve more than 150 cars. However, I am glad to say that many people drove away after seeing the strong police presence.

“These gatherings can often create excessive noise and residents in many communities are simply not prepared to put up with that. We will therefore continue to keep a very close eye on places where this is a problem.”

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

For non-emergency calls or to report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/wigan

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.

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

Police across Wigan borough are now delivering the Policing Pledge, giving people a clear minimum standard of service they can expect from their Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

They are asking residents for their input to ensure that the service is focused on the needs of local communities and addresses the issues that matter most to people. Find out more at gmp.police.uk/pledge

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