Police say e-bikes are being "heavily used" in crime after making arrest on patrols last night, Monday.

Officers from the Whitefield neighbourhood team arrested a man on the Victoria Lane estate as part of efforts to combat crime and anti-social behaviour.

Police said that following a foot chase the man was taken into custody on suspicion of a number of offences, including burglary and possession of Class A drugs, after officers say they saw him riding a Sur-Ron electric dirt bike on the estate.

Later on, officers reported they also returned a suspended stolen camper van to its owner following reports of a stolen vehicle in the area.

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A Greater Manchester Police Bury South spokesperson said: “Whitefield neighbourhood officers have had a 'wheely' busy night after deviating their shifts to combat local crime and antisocial behaviour.

“Officers hadn't been out long before they sighted a Sur-Ron with a shy rider onboard covered with a balaclava.

"The bike soon skedaddled off on the Victoria Lane estate, but following a foot chase, the chap was soon arrested on suspicion of burglary, no insurance, no licence, possession of Class A drugs, fail to stop.

“Minutes later, a report of a stolen vehicle was passed to officers.

"Local knowledge and a quick systematic response meant the team were able to locate and recover the stolen vehicle in a matter of minutes, therefore reuniting the avid campervan owner with their full time home on wheels.

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“Guess what sort of bikes were seen in the area at the time...

“We are seeing these bikes well and truly everywhere in our local hotspots. They are now being heavily used in crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Police has advised anyone with suspicious sightings of off-road and e-bikes to report them to 101, online or on 999 in an emergency.