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Published Tuesday, 24 July 2018

An initiative will take place during the summer holidays in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and improve the town centre environment.

Northampton Borough Council is working closely with colleagues in the Community Safety Partnership and a range of other support organisations, to deliver weekly activities from Tuesday, 24 July until Thursday, 6 September.

The activites will include offering support and information, as well as enforcement to tackle some of the crime and anti-social behaviour, which is often linked with rough sleeping and begging.

Many of those who end up on the streets experience drug and alcohol dependency and rehabilitation services are available to help them tackle their addictions.

And part of the initiative is aimed at discouraging outlets providing alcohol to anyone who is already under the influence.

Agencies involved in the initiative will have a stall on the Market Square each day from 10am to 3pm and will provide information on their activity that day, and how members of the public and businesses can help.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “Following feedback from the community, we’ve planned six weeks of action to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

“Working with the Community Safety Partnership, we will first focus on providing information and support to those who need it, whether it’s accommodation or rehabilitation.

“However, as the weeks progress, the focus will change if negative behaviours continue. This will include enforcing the town centre Public Spaces Protection Order, which prohibits street drinking, begging, littering and drug use.

“We hope that that this combination of action and enforcement will make a difference to our streets so that shoppers, families and visitors to the town can enjoy a safe and welcoming experience.”

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Becky Izzard, said: “I really welcome this week of action as it will hopefully provide rough sleepers with the help and support they need to find accommodation and tackle any issues they've been experiencing.

“Over the past few months, my team and I have received a number of complaints from local businesses and residents in Northampton town centre about the anti-social behaviour that has been happening so I’m hopeful that this initiative will be beneficial to everyone involved.”

Anyone wishing to support rough sleepers to change their lives for the better are also asked to consider volunteering or donating to the Nightshelter. For more information visit www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptonnightshelter

To let us know about a rough sleeper, please email outreachteam@northampton.gov.uk or call 01604 837344 or 01604 837345.

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