Police officers tackle anti-social behaviour in Wellingborough town centre
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Police officers are working hard to tackle reported anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Wellingborough town centre.
This year so far, the Force has seen a 15% decrease in the number of ASB reports compared to last year, and though a decline is positive news, the team continue to work hard to take that number down even further.
Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant – Baz Hughes said: “We know that there is still a lot of community concern regarding the anti-social behaviour in the town centre but I want to reassure local residents that we are continuing to work hard, alongside our partners, in order to tackle it.”
During the summer, the team ran an operation to tackle ASB across Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire, which saw a drop in the number of incidents, and just last month, led on an Environmental Visual Audit (EVA) which takes a look at the local area and identifies physical ways to improve it which actively discourage crime.
The EVA was undertaken alongside North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) and Wellingborough Town Council and saw a number of issues identified including graffiti, street drinking and the need to improve and update the general condition of certain areas. As a result, NNC launched an intensive clean-up program in the town and the Town Council are organising a community clean-up day of action.
The neighbourhood policing team have also been conducting targeted patrols in hotspot areas alongside NNC and also hold surgeries for residents with any concerns to come along to.
Sergeant Hughes added: “We know how much of an emotive issue the ASB in the town centre has been for local people and though it’s not something we can solve overnight, I am confident that headway is being made in this area and that by pulling together with our partners, we can continue to make the town centre a nicer place.
“Ultimately, we want to ensure that anyone coming to the town centre feels safe and if you don’t, we would like to hear from you so please report your issues to us.”