Northants Police to extend crackdown on violent crime

Northants Police is to extend its crackdown on violent crime
Northants Police is to extend its crackdown on violent crime

Northants Police is to extend its crackdown on violent crime.

The initially month-long campaign has been so successful, force chiefs say, it is to continue into March.

Chief Insp Dennis Murray, the force’s county commander, said: “The success of Operation Limit to date is such that we have made the decision to run the campaign throughout March when we will be launching further initiatives.

“Our commitment to drive down violent crime will be unrelenting.”

Work carried out under Operation Limit last week included:

Corby

After a week in which Corby saw its lowest recorded violence figures for six months, officers focused on patrols in teenage drinking hotspots and in areas frequented by street drinkers.

Enforcement activity was “robust” in order to reduce anti-social behaviour escalating into incidents of violence.

High-visibility patrols took place across the Kingswood estate, which the police say is often a starting point for violent behaviour.

East Northants

A dispersal order was used to target anti-social behaviour in Rushden, focusing on youth nuisance and street drinkers.

In Oundle, churches and faith leaders were asked to engage with their local communities about the force’s campaign to reduce violent crime.

A new initiative has been taking place across the whole sector, where a large number of officers have been speaking to people who live close to adults known for robbery and violence.

Residents have been given reassurance and advice.

Officers have made a number of arrests for offences relating to domestic abuse. These range from malicious communications to assault and harassment.

Wellingborough

The focus on fast-track resolutions continued, with good results being seen for both arrests of violent offenders and resolved crime.

An operation targeting the sale of alcohol to young people is in operation across the Wellingborough district.

An event at the Swansgate shopping centre last Saturday saw hundreds of people attending.

More than 200 crime prevention devices were issued, including window alarms, anti-theft number-plate screws, timer switches and anti-theft purse cords.

Sixty teddy bears were distributed to young children, supplied by Women’s Aid, with the intention of breaking down barriers between police and the younger generation.

Kettering

In Kettering there have been 11 resolutions for violent crime in the last week, the police say.

Northampton

There was intensive enforcement activity continues across the town, with excellent results.

Fifteen of the 21 violence crimes recorded up to and including Friday, February 20, have already been resolved and the others are being actively pursued.

Disruption visits to prolific violence offenders continued, and intensive patrols took place around identified areas.

In the town centre officers targetwed street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

There were 78 seizures of alcohol in Northampton town centre in February.

Officers continue to prioritise offenders sought for violence offences from the ‘wanted list’.

Longer term work continues in relation to the Racecourse with scoping to be carried out in relation to CCTV.

Reassurance patrols have been conducted in Upton to reassure the community and control tensions in relation to a stabbing that took place last week.

Daventry

Officers have been conducting high-visibility patrols in anti-social behaviour hotspots over half-term week, with a particular focus on targeting young offenders in Daventry.

This has resulted in four arrests.