Career criminals face more action

Wellingborough police station operation guardian High impact day & raids
Wellingborough police station operation guardian High impact day & raids

Police officers are increasing pressure on known offenders in Northamptonshire in a bid to crack down on crime.

Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Guardian launched in September 2009 to tackle vehicle crime, burglary and robbery.

And, while it has been successful so far, the force is making changes to ensure criminals do not feel safe at any time of the day or night.

Craig Johnson, Operation Guardian co-ordinator for the north of the county, said: “The force’s focus on Serious Acquisitive Crime (SAC) remains a priority, and as such various departments within the force are working together with Operation Guardian to target those people involved in burglary, robbery and auto crime.

“High impact days will continue, although the days have been extended in length to give greater coverage of officers to target offenders.

“Other activities which are being co-ordinated and are becoming more of a focal point for daily business relates to extra disruption visits and curfew checking of known offenders of SAC offences, at any time of the day or night.

“We are bringing resources together during the times of the day when we most need them, to tackle crime peaks with a view to deterring offenders and catching and convicting those that are intent on committing such crime.”

Northamptonshire Police holds high impact days regularly and they usually involve teams of officers being assigned to execute search warrants, often on properties owned by suspected drug dealers.

These days of action start in the morning but until now did not continue late into the night.

The changes to the operation mean officers could strike at any time, and the force hopes this will help them to catch more criminals.

The latest high impact day took place yesterday and five arrests were made.

Four were made in Northampton in connection with a robbery which happened at the Co-op in Kingsway, Wellingborough, on Thursday, January 26.

Two 21-year-old men, a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, all from Northampton, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and are in police custody. The other arrest was a man from Northampton on suspicion of handling stolen goods.