VEHICLE crime rose in Urmston since December according to police, but officers say the area has the lowest rates in Trafford.

GMP Trafford North posted on social media about steps taken by police to make streets safer.

Sgt Jon Ezard of GMP Trafford division said: “Although this is concerning it remains lower than other levels within Trafford.

“My Team and I are dedicated to the area and take this kind of increase personally.

“To respond to this we as a team have changed our shifts to nights at short notice to get out and about and protect the community.

“This means changing our plans and spending more time away from our families when initially we would have been at home.

“We do this because we want to get those responsible and take them off the streets. “I am very fortunate to lead a team of officers who are extremely proactive and care so much about the area where they work.

“I am extremely proud of all of them.

Sgt Ezard also praised the efforts of the Specials force.

He said: “A special thanks also goes to members of the Special Constabulary who turned in last night after finishing their own jobs, put the uniform on and worked with us through the night to help take the fight against those plaguing the area with crime.

“Austerity hasn’t been kind to the police, I wish there was more of us but there isn’t. “We will not give up though and will be back out there this evening and through the night trying to catch those responsible.

“We need your support now more than ever! If you see things that are suspicious call us, look out for your neighbours, start Neighbourhood Watch Groups, in person or a closed group on Facebook. We all have a part to play.”

Meanwhile, last night two male juveniles who had recently been reported missing from an Urmston based care home were located and arrested in the Urmston area by D Relief Response Officers.

The youths were found to be in possession of a Hook and Cane.

The youths were arrested on suspicion of Going Equipped to Steal.

This investigation is ongoing.