Summer support improves the town centre environment

Published: Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Additional resource and partnership working helped to improve town centre safety and reduce anti-social behaviour during the summer holidays.

Northampton Borough Council worked in partnership with Northamptonshire Police to fund two additional Police Officers for the town centre and coordinated local agencies to provide support between Saturday 24 July and Wednesday 4 September.

Activities during this time included patrols to provide community and business support and an increase in Police visibility in key areas such as the Market Square and Abington Street.

Enforcement action was also taken to administer the town centre Public Spaces Protection Order, tackling street drinking, begging and anti-social.

Over the six-weeks, the two Police officers covered 576 patrol hours across Abington Street, The Drapery, Gold Street, St Peters Walk, Market Square, Guildhall Road and Bridge Street.

During these hours the officers performed 154 alcohol seizures, 88 warnings to cyclists riding their bike in pedestrian areas, 24 arrests relating to shoplifting, drugs and domestic assault and offered 10 instances of traffic restriction advice to drivers.

In addition, the partnership engaged with and moved on 30 beggars, offered support to rough sleepers, interacted with businesses and market stall holders regularly, and provided eight offers of first aid assistance to members of the public.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “It has been really fantastic working alongside Northamptonshire Police again this summer, to help improve the town centre environment and reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

“The activities which took place across the six weeks, built on the success of the support we provided together last summer and have not only provided more positive outcomes, but it has also generated some great feedback from both businesses and visitors to the town centre.”

Chief Inspector James Willis, said: “These results demonstrate what a great partnership between two organisations can achieve and I look forward to more good results in the future as we continue to work closely with Northampton Borough Council.”