Police have uncovered a 'chop shop' under a set of railway arches in Bolton.

Two stolen vehicles were recovered from the industrial units in Back Craddock Street during a raid this morning.

Pictures from the scene show 'a significant amount' of car and engine parts.

A chop shop is a place that criminals sell stolen cars to.

The cars are sometimes stolen to order, depending on what vehicle the chop shop wants to ‘repair’.

One of the vehicles police recovered from the chop shop

If the parts aren’t used to ‘repair’ an existing vehicle, the serial numbers are often removed and the parts sold on websites to unwitting buyers.

Officers carried out the raid after being tipped off by a member of the public.

No arrests have been made at this stage, police say.

Writing on Facebook this afternoon, GMP Bolton North said: "This morning (Tuesday 17th December 2019), the  #Bolton  North Neighbourhood Team executed warrants at four industrial units in the railway bridge arches on Back Craddock Street, Mill Hill,  #TongeMoor.

"A significant amount of vehicle parts were found in the units, as well as two vehicles stolen from the Bury and Hindley area this month. We will be working with our partners to continue the investigation.

"Anyone with information in relation to crime in our area can contact the Bolton North Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 5761, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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