Wellingborough traders can have a cuppa with a copper

PC Pete Heyward, Inspector Paul Valentine and BID manager John Cable promoting the Coffee with Cops event in Wellingborough
PC Pete Heyward, Inspector Paul Valentine and BID manager John Cable promoting the Coffee with Cops event in Wellingborough

Traders are being urged to work with police in a bid to help cut crime in the town centre.

A new initiative entitled Coffee with Cops is taking place as part of a campaign to promote Wellingborough as a safer place to visit and shop.

It is hoped that by officers and traders working together, they can help to tackle issues such as street drinking which can affect trade and put people off whenthey are out shopping.

Inspector Paul Valentine will be speaking to businesses at a breakfast meeting taking place at McDonald’s in the town’s Market Street on Wednesday, February 25.

The event has been organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by businesses and works to promote the town centre.

John Cable, BID manager, said the move was about a “joined up” approach to tackling issues, including cycling on pavements.

He said: “There is a misconception about Wellingborough – we’re actually a very safe place to go and shop.

“We have a safe town centre with a low crime rate but there is still scope to make improvements and this can only be done more effectively by working together.”

Mr Cable said the BID, through its Discover Wellingborough campaign, was working to promote the town centre as one of the country’s safest places to shop.

He added: “We’ve got lots to shout about in Wellingborough, including our large selection of independent retailers, green spaces and free parking.

“We are proud of our town and what we have to offer.”

Wellingborough Sector Inspector Paul Valentine said: “We are working to promote Wellingborough as a safe place alongside the Wellingborough BID.

“Coffee with Cops is a great opportunity to come and speak to us so that we can jointly promote the town and all that it has to offer and deal with any challenges that arise.”

Any business representatives wanting to attend do not need to register for next week’s meeting.

The event runs from 8am to 9.30am.