Cadets spend their summer tackling anti-social parking in Wellingborough

Cadets have been tackling parking issues in Wellingborough
Cadets have been tackling parking issues in Wellingborough

Police cadets have spent the summer tackling motorists who park inconsiderately and in an anti-social manner in Wellingborough.

The group has focused on a small area of the town, identified by local people, to pilot the operation.

The cadets prepared and planned the operation on their own, with cadets Craig Barnett and Liam Tearl heavily involved with the support of PCSO Chris Burrows.

They have spent time patrolling Midland Road, where there has been large-scale congestion in rush hour due to obstructive parking in cycle lanes and loading bays; Cambridge Street, where there is a large number of fast food establishments which attract an increase in traffic and Church Street, where motorists have been parking on white zig-zags, causing problems for other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Wellingborough Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd said: “The cadets have been working hard throughout the summer patrolling Midland Road, Cambridge Street and Church Street, to tackle those motorists who park in an anti-social manner.

“They are all local teenagers aged between 13 and 18 and give their time as volunteers to learn about the police service and develop practical skills.

The cadets have been working hard throughout the summer patrolling Midland Road, Cambridge Street and Church Street to tackle those motorists who park in an anti-social manner

Wellingborough Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd

“Working with members of the Wellingborough Safer Community Team they have been talking to vehicle owners about their parking, leaving advisory notices when the motorists are not there and in some cases identifying cars which need to be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

“The cadets provide a real contribution to the work we do and are valued members of the team, who volunteer because they want to make a difference to the area where they live.”

Last week the cadets spoke to 63 members of the public while out and about in the town, to find out what their concerns are.

Police cadets follow the National Voluntary Police Cadet Programme.

It covers different areas of police work that is relevant to the role of a cadet.

Cadets must be a minimum of 13 when they start the scheme but can apply at the age of 12.

As well as getting involved with their local teams, they cover different areas of policing and law from across the organisation.

Sessions include fitness, role play, leadership skills, confidence skills and self-development.

For more information about becoming a cadet go to www.northants.police.uk.