Arrests made following incidents in Northampton
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Two teenagers have been arrested following an incident in Northampton town centre yesterday afternoon.
Police were called to the Market Square at 3.40pm on Monday, September 20, to reports of a man walking around with a large knife and a fight taking place.
Officers attended and arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of being in possession of a weapon and recovered a knife from nearby.
Another boy aged 15 who had sustained minor injuries was located nearby and was taken to hospital for treatment. He has also been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a weapon.
Superintendent Kev Mulligan from Northamptonshire Police, said: “We know people are concerned about this escalation in violence, we are too.
“I would like to provide some reassurance that although these incidents have all taken place in very public places, we believe they are all targeted and involved people known to one another.
“Last night a Section 60 order was granted for Northampton town centre and Kings Heath. This allows police officers to stop and search members of the public without reasonable grounds.
“The order is in place until 5pm on today (September 21) and has been introduced as a direct result of the level of violence we’ve seen in recent days. The order can be extended if we believe the level of violence on display warrants it.
“Additional high visibility patrols will be taking place across the town centre and in Kings Heath throughout this week and a team of detectives is dedicated to investigating these crimes.
“Arrests have been made following each incident and we’re urging anyone with information about any of them, including video footage, to contact us via 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Chief Constable Nick Adderley announced that tackling knife crime is a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police earlier this year and a targeted, sustained campaign of activity will be launched next week.
Superintendent Mulligan added: “Plans to tackle knife crime across Northamptonshire are well underway and we will be announcing more about that work next week.
“However, we are appealing for the public to help us. Tell us what you know. Speak to your children about the dangers of knife crime and how if they carry a knife, they are in danger of either using it on someone else or having it used against them.
“Anyone with information and who is worried about speaking to the police can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously – you do not need to provide your details but can give them any information you have about those who are involved in violence, including knife crime.”
Timeline of incidents
- 6.45pm, Thursday, September 16, reports that a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed in Abington Street, Northampton. A teenage boy was arrested in connection with the incident and later bailed. The victim remains in a serious but stable condition.
- Just after midday on Sunday, September 19, in South Oval, Kings Heath, two young men (20 & 21) were found to have received stab wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment – their injuries are not life threatening. Three males arrested – aged 17,18 and 23 – have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
- 3.40pm, Monday, September 20, police were called to the Market Square in Northampton to reports of a man with a knife and an altercation having taken place. A 16-year-old boy was arrested and weapon recovered. He remains in police custody. The victim, aged 15, sustained a minor wound and remains in hospital. He has also been arrested for possession of a weapon.