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Inspector Julie Mead
Inspector Julie Mead
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Despite Wellingborough having the biggest reductions in anti-social behaviour over the last year, many people still think it’s one of the worst places for yobbish behaviour, according to police figures.

Between April and June this year there were 932 reported incidents, compared with 1,358 during the same period the previous year.

But police survey results show that 8.9 per cent of people living in the borough think it’s the worst place for anti-social behaviour in the county, compared with 6.9 per cent of people in East Northamptonshire who think their area has the worst anti-social behaviour issues; 7.1 per cent of those asked in Corby and eight per cent of people surveyed in Kettering thought their towns had the biggest problem.

Officers in Wellingborough aim to tackle the negative perception problem by having monthly Have Your Say events in the Swansgate Shopping Centre.

Officers are keen to promote the recent reduction in anti-social crime and they will be on hand to talk to people in the centre every four weeks.

The next event will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29.

The event was held every three months but will now take place every month.

Inspector Julie Mead, Wellingborough sector commander, said: “We will be giving away freebies, including personal safety alarms.

“The theme of this event will be women’s safety.

“We would encourage people to come along and talk to us.

“We also really want to get the message out that anti-social behaviour is on the decline in Wellingborough while the perception is still the worst in the county.

“I want people to understand that here in Wellingborough things are pretty good in comparison to the rest of the county.”

Officers recently held a week-long event named World of Wellingborough (WOW) to promote the good work that’s been going on.

During that event members of the Wellingborough safer community team spoke to more than 1,000 people about the issues in their area, they marked over 20 pedal cycles and gave away 600 panic alarms and community safety devices, and raised £130 for local charities.