MP for Bury North James Frith was the guest of honour at a meeting of Greenmount residents tonight (February 1).

More than 100 visitors turned out to Greenmount Cricket Club to discuss a range of community issues.

A Q&A session also took place, with residents quizzing Mr Frith over building on greenbelt land, Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the impact of the collapse of manufacturing and construction firm Carillion, and Brexit, among other topics.

One resident asked: "What more can you do to reassure many of the people in this room who were burgled, many of whom grappled with burglars in their own homes?

"I have not seen any evidence as of yet that there has been a plethora of criminals going through the courts."

A lengthy discussion was held over the spate of burglaries that occurred in Greenmount over the Christmas period.

Mr Frith said: "When I met with police, I made it very clear that they do not make it clear enough to people what they are doing.

"Some of this is about responsibility. Vigilance is important.

"We have got to be mindful about leaving things on show, not leaving cars open and looking after one another."

Mr Frith said he would support residents if they escalated their idea to install cameras on the top of lampposts to Bury Council's planning department.

Praise was given to resident Paul Stocks, who set up Greenmount Residents Network - a Facebook group which has attracted more than 1,000 members of the surrounding community.

The site is acting as a neighbourhood watch platform, for residents to share concerns and highlight suspicious behaviour.

Bury Police are due to attend the next Greenmount Village Community meeting to share information about their investigations following the burglaries.

The meeting will take place at Greenmount United Reformed Church, at 8pm on Thursday, March 1.