Alleyways in the All Saints area of Kettering are being cleaned up in a bid to make the area a more pleasant place to live.
Police community support officer Nadia Norman teamed up with All Saints councillor Michael Brown and John Nicholls, from Kettering Council’s community safety team, to clear a number of alleyways of fly-tipped material.
The effort is being concentrated on the alleyways that join Havelock Street, Wood Street and Regent Street.
PCSO Norman, of Kettering Town’s Safer Community Team, said: “Local residents raised the issue of the alleyways being used by street drinkers and fly-tippers, as well as groups gathering after dark.
“It’s the ‘broken window’ theory – when an area is run down and neglected, people are less likely to show it respect and look after it.
“That’s when it becomes a target area for criminal activity and anti-social behaviour and we would like to stop it before it gets to that point.”
Any incidents of anti-social behaviour should be reported to police on 101 – incidents of littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping to Kettering Borough Council on 01536 410333.