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4 February 2015, 07:16
A new crack-down on violent crime in Northants has seen 26 people arrested already on suspicion of violent offences.
Of those, 12 have already been charged or cautioned and seven have been bailed pending further investigation.
In Northampton, intensive patrols have been taking place in the town’s main streets where the highest number of violent crimes have taken place over recent months, and town centre officers have been carrying out alcohol seizures to reduce drunken violence.
In addition, a repeat domestic abuse offender has been arrested and charged.
Passive drugs-dogs were used to search 11 pubs across Daventry and Towcester which resulted in six stop-searches and a cannabis warning being given.
Licensing checks were carried out at 14 premises across the county and officers paid a visit to any schools which have seen violent offences take place recently.
Police carried out high-visibility patrols at parks, open spaces and beauty spots where there have been recent incidents of anti-social behaviour or violent crime, and visited people who have previously been issued a dispersal order.
In Wellingborough, police used a knife-arch on Saturday night to scan revellers to see if they were carrying knives or metal objects.
In Rushden, officers carried out high-visibility patrols and reassurance visits and engaged with local residents in relation to recent violent crime incidents.
District Commander, Chief Inspector Dennis Murray, said:
“High-impact policing activity will be relentless throughout the month of February and it has already got off to a very strong start.”