Team cleans up Kettering alleyways

Police officers have teamed up with Kettering Council to clean up some of the town's alleyways
Police officers have teamed up with Kettering Council to clean up some of the town's alleyways

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.