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Off-road motorists continue to force entry into Bickershaw Colliery
Wednesday 2nd July, 2014

Residents living near the former Bickershaw Colliery site in Leigh are being urged to help tackle issues with off-road motorists in the area, by reporting them to the police.

A fence, which aims to stop motorists accessing the former collier site, was torn down on June 21 for the second time in two weeks. The first incident occurred just one week after Wigan Council spent more than £20,000 improving access to the attractive Fir Tree Flash area of the site, including the installation of the fence.

It is thought that the damage was caused by off-road motorists using 4x4’s to force entry onto the site. Motorists have been attracted to the area for years and continually cause criminal damage to the car park just off Edna Road.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for Wigan Council said:

“The Bickershaw site has attracted off-road motorists for years and we need to work together to put a stop to it. We have introduced many measures to ensure that the area is safe, secure and crime free, however criminals persist in causing costly damage and endangering the public by accessing the site with their motor vehicles. We need the residents in the area to act as our eyes and ears to help protect the site and to stop any further criminal damage from occurring. With the help of the community we aim to make the Bickershaw site a safe and enjoyable place.”

A number of security measures have been implemented by the council in order to prevent off-road motorists accessing the site. Steel fences and gates have been erected in the past to stop motorists, even boulders have been placed in their path, but persistent criminal damage means that implementing these security measures is becoming very costly.

To help prevent this kind of activity or to report criminal damage in the area please call the police non-emergency number 101.

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