Jewel thieves who swiped gold and cash worth thousands of pounds from families are being hunted by police.

Police say several Asian families have been threatened with violence and weapons including screwdrivers during 18 jewellery thefts across Bolton .

Detectives say the break-ins were committed with the specific intent of stealing gold jewellery and cash.

In each case, a significant amount of high value jewellery was stolen.

Some incidents also included cash theft.

Police say 18 jewellery thefts have taken place across Bolton, with a large amount of high value jewellery stolen

Offenders reportedly gained access by breaking in around the back of houses.

There are no reports of injuries.

The most recent incident was last Saturday (August 19).

Det Insp John Mulvihill, from GMP’s Bolton borough, urged people to be vigilant in the late afternoons and evenings when the attacks have taken place.

Police have launched a campaign to get the public to give them more intelligence on crimes
Police are warning residents to be vigilant

He said: “We are aware that there has been a recent spike in incidents where Asian families have been targeted in their own homes and gold jewellery stolen, these criminals are having a serious impact on the Asian community with people no longer feeling safe at home.

“I want to reassure the community that we are working hard to eradicate these crimes and want to send out a message that we will not allow innocent members of our communities to be terrorised in this way and we will identify those responsible and bring them to justice.