Police welcome fall in violent crime

Officers on patrol in Wellingborough
Officers on patrol in Wellingborough

Incidents of violent crime and anti-social behaviour have fallen after a series of police operations in a town.

A total of 211 violent crimes were reported in Wellingborough during the three-month period between October and December, compared with 234 incidents reported between July and September.

Police held various Christmas campaigns in Wellingborough town centre in an attempt to reduce the number of violent crimes. These included a focus on shopping area patrols and additional resources for the night time economy, including using a knife arch at pub entrances and drug-based operations.

Safety sessions for women were also held in a bid to reduce the likelihood of them becoming victims of crime, including robbery.

Anti-social behaviour is also down in Wellingborough, with 834 incidents recorded over the period October and December 2012, compared to the previous three months when 1,074 reports were made.

Police credit a successful dispersal order in the Redwell East area, a variety of activities and projects held throughout the year for young people, and the Jam in the Hood scheme with helping to reduce the number of incidents.

A multi-agency graffiti week of action, focused on the Castle Ward and Kiln and Minerva Way area in October has also been highlighted for helping to reduce yobbish behaviour.

Inspector Pauline Sturman, district commander for Wellingborough, said: “I’m really pleased with these results and believe they are a reflection of the commitment that we, and our partner agencies have in making Wellingborough a safe place in which to work and live. Operation Challenge, our dedicated focus to reduce violence, has proved effective and we’ve seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour through initiatives such as the dispersal zone in Redwell and targeted anti-social behaviour patrols.

“We will be continuing our hard work into 2013 and I am confident that we can build upon the good results we are currently seeing.”