Rushden’s Christmas cop shop helps secure conviction

The police had a shop in Rushden town centre in the run-up to Christmas
The police had a shop in Rushden town centre in the run-up to Christmas
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A drop-in shop run by Rushden Safer Community Team in the run-up to Christmas helped to get one offender put behind bars.

Nearly 1,400 residents from East Northamptonshire visited the Christmas shop between December 1 and December 23.

The shop was donated by Wilko Store Limited and gave visitors the chance to discuss with officers any concerns they had and share their views to help increase community safety in the area.

Free security devices, crime prevention leaflets and advice were also available, along with information about the recruitment process about how to become a special constable or police volunteer.

While the shop was open, officers patrolling Rushden town centre investigated various incidents of retail crime and helped secure the conviction of one offender who was sentenced to four months in prison.

PC Matt Hart said: “We were overwhelmed with the response of the local community in coming in to speak with us about how to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

“Many of the visitors took advantage of the range of crime prevention items on offer to implement home security measures and help reduce the chance of being burgled and deter people from spoiling their festive period.”