The Borough Council of Wellingborough, and its partners Wellingborough Norse, joined forces with Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday (12 December) for a day of action in Wellingborough Town Centre.
Partners provided residents with advice on the negative impact low-level anti-social crime such as littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling has on the local environment. This also brought about the opportunity to speak to members of the council’s environmental health team, Wellingborough Norse, Street Watch and the Emergency Services.
The Street Watch team carried out additional walk rounds throughout the town to monitor anti-social behaviour and speak to residents. While, the council’s health protection officers worked with licensing police enforcement officers to carry out licensing visits, stop vehicles for regular vehicle checks and ensure that taxis hold the relevant licenses. This resulted in 19 taxis being checked, 9 of which were unsatisfactory.
Colleagues spoke to parents about the dangers of smoking in a car in front of their children, and the penalties associated with this offence. The council’s environmental protection and community enforcement officers monitored dog fouling and compliance with the public space protection orders within the town, relating to anti-social drinking and aggressive begging.
Throughout the day, representatives from each team spoke to members of the local community at the mobile unit on Market Street and the pop-up shop in the town to offer crime prevention advice specific to the increase in Christmas related crime.
Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “We are committed to working with organisations across the county and this is a fantastic example of partners coming together to educate our residents on the negative impact of anti-social behaviour and low-level crime.
“We will continue to work together to enhance our environment and make Wellingborough a place to be proud of.”
Sergeant Hayley Handford, of Wellingborough Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It’s really great for partners to work together to deliver the things that our community values most. The day of action was about targeting high level criminals to low level anti-social behaviour, and giving a service to everyone in the community. Having really good, effective working relationships with our partners makes all the difference and I’m really pleased with all we collectively achieved.”
For more information about Crime Stoppers visit: www.crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/community/northamptonshire
To find out more about Neighbourhood Street Watch visit: www.ourwatch.org.uk