Police to tackle anti-social behaviour in east Northants

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Anti-social behaviour in Rushden and Higham Ferrers is to be tackled by officers despite a fall in incidents reported.

There has been a 15 per cent fall in anti-social behaviour during the past year, but the three safer community teams covering this area of the county have said they are aware that the perception of anti-social behaviour remains high in the rural areas.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone – not only in Rushden and Higham but also the Oundle and Irthlingborough areas – who has concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013, the number of incidents reduced to 3,081 from 3,627 during the corresponding period the previous year – 546 fewer incidents.

Inspector Ali Rae said: “The fact that the number of incidents has fallen is pleasing but we are aware that perceptions of anti-social behaviour remain high across the policing area.

“East Northamptonshire is largely rural and while there are many reported incidents in the Rushden and Higham towns, we need to be aware of any problems in the more rural areas and advise people as to how we and other agencies can help.”

Anyone concerned about anti-social behaviour in the east Northamptonshire area can call the police on 101 or East Northamptonshire Council on 01832 742000.