Pop-up cop shop coming to Kettering

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A pop-up shop allowing residents to meet police and talk about a range of issues is coming to Kettering soon.

Following on from their success last year, officers have again been preparing pop-up shops to offer people an informal advice centre.

They will be setting up in what was previously the JD Sports shop on the first floor of the Weston Favell Shopping Centre in Northampton on Wednesday, April 17, and also in the disused store between CeX and Thompson in Gold Street, Kettering on Tuesday, April 23.

They will be available from 9am to 1pm on both days.

Specialist officers and experts from partner agencies, including the domestic abuse unit, the hate crimes unit, Operation Challenge, Victim Support and Women’s Aid, will be there to offer advice and guidance on a wide variety of issues.

PC Gary Liddle, from Operation Challenge, said: “We ran a pop-up shop in Weston Favell at the end of last year and had a great response with plenty of people dropping in to talk and ask for advice.

“We’re hoping we’ll see plenty of people visiting us at Kettering this time too.”

Chief Inspector Dave Spencer, also from Operation Challenge, added: “People can find it hard to talk about subjects such as domestic abuse and hate crimes and may feel uncomfortable about making a special trip to come into a police station.

“The pop-up shops are ideal as people can stop by whilst out and about shopping and they provide a relaxed and informal environment in which to talk to a trained expert.”