Police advice on how to stay safe

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Northamptonshire Police has launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging women to keep safe.

The free sessions which begin next month will focus on the ways women and girls aged 13 and over can stay safe and be aware of the possible dangers when they are out and about.

Earlier this month, women in Kettering were targeted by an opportunist thief who snatched their handbags.

But Inspector Julie Mead from the safer community team in the town, said the sessions were not simply a knee-jerk reaction to that or any other specific crime, but were instead designed to help anyone concerned for their wellbeing to understand the best ways to keep out of harm’s reach.

She said: “For us busy women, the last people we think about is ourselves.

“The common sense, that we all have got, we sometimes forget.”

Insp Mead also stressed that the sessions would not be self-defence classes, but would instead teach women simple but effective means by which they could protect themselves.

PCSOs will also be on hand at the sessions so people can raise any concerns or issues they may have.

The presentations will take place in the Jubilee Room at the All Saints Church, William Street, Kettering, between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday, February 28, and Thursday, March 21.

Places for both sessions will be very limited and anyone interested in attending should contact PCSO Nadia Norman on nadia.norman@northantspolice.co.uk, or by calling 101 and asking for the Kettering front office.