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3 March 2015, 15:27
More than a dozen more arrests have been made by officers in Northamptonshire as the force says it will be relentless in reducing violent crime - currently at a quarter of ALL crimes reported.
Since Saturday, police have made 14 arrests - including 8 people who'd been held after violence broke out in the middle of Kettering town centre - and five are still in custody.
Here is a summary:
A man from Rushden wanted for assault and criminal damage was arrested and is currently on bail pending further inquiries.
A man who had absconded from Immigration was located and arrested.
A man was arrested for domestic assault.
A man was cautioned after being arrested by Nightsafe officers in Towcester.
A man was charged for an assault at Brackley Football Club.
A man in Kettering was arrested on suspicion of affray.
Eight people were arrested for a violent disturbance in Kettering town centre. Five remain in custody; one was remanded and two bailed.
A local taxi firm has agreed to display domestic violence posters in all their taxis, encouraging people to report abuse, as well as ‘1 punch can kill’ posters in their taxis working the night time economy.
Pubs and clubs across the county will be displaying posters in toilets warning of drugs patrols and undercover officers.
Domestic abuse awareness posters were distributed to gyms and Sure Start centres across the county.
Community events took place in Corby and Kettering with safety packs and advice given out.
Domestic violence offenders across Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire received visits from officers, and were given advice about the help available to them and encouraged to seek it in order to minimise the risk of reoffending.
Test-purchase operations took place at late-night convenience stores in Kettering. Although the majority did not sell to the test purchasers, two failed.
A drugs dog patrolled in Rushden and Wellingborough – 16 pubs were tested and several people were searched after the dog indicated - cocaine was found in two of the premises.
A breathalyser operation in Corby’s busiest pub took place during the early hours of Saturday morning. Two officers assisted door staff by breathalysing those who appeared too intoxicated to be allowed in – 20 people were tested and several were refused entry because of the level of alcohol shown on the device.
Chief Inspector Dennis Murray, the force’s County Commander, said:
“The drive to crackdown on violent crime will be relentless, under the Operation Limit banner.
“There is much more to come this month as we forge links with partners to tackle violence from root cause through to prosecution.
“There will be no hiding place for those who choose to go out and commit violent crimes.”