Rushden police target school parking and yob areas

PC Dave Parsons patrols Rushden High Street

PC Dave Parsons patrols Rushden High Street

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Parking issues outside schools and anti-social behaviour in hot-spot areas have been targeted by police in Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

Officers have worked on these issues as priorities after they were highlighted as problems by residents of the town.

People reported concerns over dangerous parking outside schools and anti-social behaviour in Hall Park, Highfield Road Pocket Park and around the area of the Mallards Fishing Lakes in Rushden, and Saffron Park and Riverside Park in Higham Ferrers.

Sgt Matt Manifold, from the East Northants South Safer Community Team, said: “Over the past 12 weeks we have been busy working with our partners to tackle the issues identified by people as a priority.

“We have completed regular patrols in the areas surrounding our schools in the morning and afternoon.

“The feedback we are receiving is the matter has greatly improved but the issue has not been solved yet.

“We will continue to focus on this matter.”

Sgt Manifold added: “We have regularly patrolled Hall Park, Highfield Road Pocket Park and around the area of the Mallards Fishing Lakes in Rushden, Saffron Park and Riverside Park in Higham Ferrers, which are particular hot-spots for anti-social behaviour.

“As the nights got darker, we saw a change in the locations for anti-social behaviour. Locations highlighted during the summer months, such as Hall Park and Saffron Park, are now not generating the attention as during the warmer nights. Our attention is focusing on the high streets of Rushden and Higham Ferrers. We are being called to locations such as Asda in Rushden, and Co-op in Higham Ferrers.

“These patrols have been carried out at various times of the days including late evening, during which time we have interacted with those known to us for causing anti-social behaviour and crime. So far I am please to report that we have had no issues of anti-social behaviour reported to us.”

People can talk to police and report any issues at forthcoming surgeries to be held in the town.

Officers will be outside Londis, in Newton Road, on Saturday, January 5, from 2pm to 2.30pm. A surgery will also take place in the foyer of Asda in Rushden on Tuesday, January 8, from 2pm to 3pm.