The BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow was broadcast live from outside the Corby Cube this morning.
Cases from throughout Northamptonshire featured on the programme and former detective Rav Wilding asked viewers for their help to solve crimes featured in reconstructions, catch criminals caught on CCTV and spot wanted faces.
Detectives, inspectors, and officers from Northants Police spoke about crime reduction in Corby, distraction burglary, and drivers rubbernecking to look at road traffic collisions.
Operation Illustration also featured, which is an operation to tackle graffiti in the county and is spearheaded by PCSO Phil Wane, from the Wellingborough Safer Community Team.
Speaking on the show, PCSO Wane said the operation has seen a good response from the public. He added that he was particularly keen for people to contact the police if they had information about a graffiti artist who is known for scrawling the word ‘Sok’ across buildings in Wellingborough.
Inspector Carl Sturman, who spoke on the show about tackling crime in Corby, told the Telegraph the force is pleased with the reduction in crime in the town and was working to make it harder for people to commit offences.
He added: “When people have committed offences, we get to know who they are. We’re engaging with them and offering them options and pathways rather than making them offenders.”
Speaking on the show, Insp Sturman said that crime in Corby had fallen by 40 per cent in the last six years, and police in the area now complete ‘disruption visits’ whereby they routinely visit known criminals to help tackle the issue.
On the show, Northants Police also appealed for information relating to the death of Joanna Smith. The 32-year-old died in a road traffic collision on the A45 eastbound, near Earls Barton, on Tuesday, April 10, last year.
Extensive tests have since proved one of the tyres on her black Honda Jazz had been deliberately punctured before she set off on her journey to work.
Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or call the police on 101.
The programme has spent several weeks filming with Northants Police and BBC News correspondent Sian Lloyd was outside the Cube this morning, interviewing members from the force, and highlighting initiatives and success stories.
The live broadcast was aired at 9.15am on BBC One this morning (Thursday June 13). The show will remain in Northamptonshire tomorrow, and will come live from outside All Saints’ Church in Northampton at 9.15am.
To see footage of the filming from outside the Cube, and an interview with Inspector Sturman about the reduction in crime rates in Corby, watch the video above.