Cells filled up with New Year revellers

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More than 600 calls were made to police across Northamptonshire on New Year’s Eve night.

A number of arrests were made for drink-related incidents but no major incidents were reported.

The custody facilities at the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton and at Corby Police Station both reported experiencing busy evenings.

Spare cells at Wellingborough were opened to cope with the influx of revellers, most taken off the streets before they potentially got into more serious trouble.

Sergeant Sally Trattle, of the force’s Violence Reduction Team, said: “It was a busy evening but there were no serious incidents in any of our town centres, most were around public order.

“The cells were busy and we opened those at Wellingborough as an overflow but the large number of people in custody was down to early intervention on the part of officers who arrested people for relatively low-level offences.

“The idea was to stop these people getting involved in more serious problems later in the night.

“The operation has been regarded as a success and we also had officers at Kettering and Northampton hospitals to reassure doctors and nurses as they treated patients.

“We are committed to reducing violence in Northamptonshire as part of our on-going Operation Challenge work.”

Inspector Phil Kings said: “We dealt with more than 600 calls between midnight and 6am. We would have expected that level of calls and we had the and we had the staffing levels on the streets to cater for that kind of demand.

“It was a typically very busy night and our custody facilities at the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton and at Corby Police Station were both extremely busy, but manageable.

“There were no major incidents, but it was a typically busy New Year’s Eve. All of the towns in the county were busy, but Northampton was particularly busy.”