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Parents and carers are being urged to make sure they know where their children are following a recent spike in anti-social behaviour in Corby Town Centre.
The plea comes after a rise in anti-social behaviour over the past few weeks, with children as young as 12 seen out and about in the town centre into the early hours of the morning.
Since January 1, there has been more than 40 reports of anti-social behaviour in Willow Place, Corporation Street, Elizabeth Street and George Street, involving groups of children aged 12 to 17
Incidents of criminal damage, assault, and intimidation have taken place between 3pm and 1am, on both weekdays and at weekends, which has prompted the Corby Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) to adopt a zero-tolerance approach.
With support of the Special Constabulary, members of the NPT will be stepping up proactive high-visibility patrols and carrying out plain-clothed operations to target those intent on causing misery for those who live, work or are visiting the town centre.
In addition to the patrols, Corby NPT will be working closely with partners at North Northamptonshire Council and Willow Place Shopping Centre in a bid to make the town centre a safer place for everyone.
Sergeant Stephen Briggs and Sergeant Rachel Grey of Corby NPT said: “It is important to remember that not all young people we speak to are committing anti-social behaviour, however there is a minority who are intent on causing trouble.
“We want Corby town centre to be a safe place for everyone and are urging parents to speak to their children to make sure they know where they are and who they may be associating with.
“Anti-social behaviour has a detrimental impact on our communities, which is why it is a matter of priority for the Force, and we will take robust action against anyone found to be causing harassment and intimidation in our towns.”
Find out more about how Northamptonshire Police is preventing and tackling anti-social behaviour here.
If you have any information or concerns about anti-social behaviour in your community, you can report non-emergency crime to 101, visit www.northants.police.uk/RO or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. In an emergency always call 999.