A Corby community has come together in the wake of two attacks which left families feeling vulnerable.
Following a stabbing and a sex attack near Pen Green Lane, about 150 residents attended a meeting near the scene of the crimes to voice their concerns and suggest ways of improving security.
So far no one has been arrested for the attacks, which are not linked, and police have renewed their appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
Corby sector commander Insp Carl Sturman said: “We have increased patrols in the area and there is a CCTV camera working.
“In their minds people may be linking the two incidents but there is no link that we are aware of.
“Our investigations are continuing and we are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Pen Green Lane area at the times of the incidents to come forward with information.”
On Monday, May 26, between 6am and 6.30am, a woman was sexually assaulted near the lakes off Pen Green Lane.
She got into a car in the town centre which she believed was a taxi and was driven to the scene of the attack.
Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen a dark-coloured Vauxhall Zafira in the area about that time.
On Tuesday, May 20, a woman who was walking her dog in the area was stabbed in the stomach by a man during an attempted robbery.
The meeting last Thursday was attended by Corby MP Andy Sawford, deputy leader of Corby Council Jean Addison and councillor Mark Pengelly.
Cllr Pengelly said: “People have seen a significant increase in police patrols and with the CCTV and other action being taken I think people are feeling reassured.
“Residents are also looking at forming a new community group.”
Isy McAlpine, who lives in Pen Green Lane and who attended the meeting, said: “At the moment I still don’t feel comfortable about letting my 11-year-old daughter go to the local play park on her own.
“We’re hoping to set up a residents group and see if we can organise activities for youngsters at the community centre in Stephenson Way.
“The summer holidays are coming up and we want them to have somewhere to go where we know they will be safe.”
As well as the action which has already been taken, a meeting was held on Wednesday, June 4, with representatives from Anglian Water to discuss thinning out the trees and bushes surrounding the lakes on the land off Pen Green Lane.
Anyone with information on the attacks is asked to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.