Invitation to meeting to discuss ways to protect Wellingborough park from crime and anti-social issues

Volunteers helped to clean up the brook in Castle Fields Park, Wellingborough
Volunteers helped to clean up the brook in Castle Fields Park, Wellingborough

People are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss ways of protecting a town park and cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour there.

The Castle Fields Community Group (CFCG) has been working hard in recent months to look after and make the most of the Castle Fields park in Wellingborough.

Some of the items found during a clean-up of the brook at the park

Some of the items found during a clean-up of the brook at the park

They held a clean-up of the brook last month and also held a meeting to discuss launching a park watch scheme.

A second meeting has now been organised to take place tonight (Wednesday) starting at 7pm at Wellingborough Police Station in Midland Road.

CFCG chairman Marion Turner-Hawes is hoping for a good turn-out for the meeting, and said: “Given recent, and some long-standing, criminal activity in the park and in surrounding areas, this will be a great chance to see what we can agree with the police about increased policing in our area moving forward and how we might also help via a street or park watch scheme or in any other way.

“Please let me know if you can make it, and please encourage anyone you know to come along, particularly those that have witnessed community safety issues or criminality in our area.

Please encourage anyone you know to come along

Marion Turner-Hawes

“This meeting is also an opportunity for other community groups to come along and learn about street watch for your own areas or local parks.”

Anyone wishing to attend the meeting is asked to congregate outside the police station just before 7pm and then they will be let into the building.

Refreshments will be provided.

This week’s meeting comes after several crimes have been reported at the park in recent months.

An 18-year-old man was assaulted in the park by a group of three men who approached the victim, pulled him to the ground and punched him in the face at about 2.40pm on Monday, November 2.

A 16-year-old boy was also punched in the face and had his bag stolen at the park after being approached by three young men at about 6.30pm on Monday, October 26.

Police also made an appeal for witnesses in July after a 66-year-old man who was asleep on one of the park benches had his bag stolen.

The bag was later recovered by police with a phone charger and three boxes of paracetamol missing.

For more information about the group and its efforts to clean up the park search for Castle Fields Community Group (Wellingborough) on Facebook.