Volunteers needed for Kettering Street Watch group

Local resident David Meagher at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, Kettering, is one of a number of Street Watch volunteers who help patrol the area.

Local resident David Meagher at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, Kettering, is one of a number of Street Watch volunteers who help patrol the area.

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A scheme which aims to get residents on the beat could be coming to Kettering – if the scheme can get enough volunteers.

David Meagher, of Park Road, Kettering, is backing the police-led Street Watch initiative and wants to create the first Kettering group in the area around the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park.

David Meagher at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, Kettering

David Meagher at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, Kettering

Northamptonshire Police says the Street Watch scheme will see members of the public patrolling their streets in a bid to discourage low-level crime and improve the quality of life for all.

Street Watch members will walk in pairs, wearing high-visibility jackets.

Mr Meagher said he thinks the initiative is a good idea and is hoping to explain more, as well as finding volunteers, at a meeting of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, which takes place at the park’s bowls pavilion on Tuesday, January 21, from 7pm.

He added: “There are some low-level problems in and around the park, like littering and dog fouling and vandalism – for example, some people have had mirrors knocked off their cars recently.

“The idea is just about creating a presence on the street, and a high-visibility uniform from a distance looks like a uniform whoever is wearing it.”

Mr Meagher, who is the chairman of the park’s Friends group, said he did not want to set up the Street Watch group in a direct reaction to last year’s arson attack on the play equipment, but said that was one of several things which had prompted it.

Northamptonshire Police chief inspector Gary Ashton, who is leading the scheme, said: “Street Watch is a scheme run by the community, for the community.

“The members are ordinary people with no police powers.

“If they see anything suspicious, all they are asked to do is report it to the police. They also give support to the community by providing reassurance and a visible presence to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The meeting on January 21 is open to anyone who wishes to find out more about the group.