Other Stories In Brief

December 8th, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an assault, which occurred in Market Place, Oundle on Sunday 28 November between 2.15am and 2.30am.

A 25-year-old man left the Rose and Crown public house in Oundle and was approached from behind and punched in the face.

The attacker is believed to be male.

Officers are appealing to a man in his twenties who was seen in the area at the time, wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans, who may have witnessed the incident.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

December 8th, 2010

A van driver from Nottinghamshire has died after a crash on the M1 in Northants yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).
 
He has stopped his Mercedes Vito on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway, a mile south of junction 16, around 2.45pm after suffering a puncture in his offside front tyre.

The 50 year old was in the process of changing the tyre when he was hit by a  passing light goods vehicle, which was travelling in lane one.
 
He was declared dead at the scene.

November 24th, 2010

Police in Rushden are appealing for the public's help in finding a man who has gone missing from the town.

Ronald Albon, aged 57, was last seen in Bedford High Street at 11.40am on Friday 19 November.

He is a vulnerable adult and officers are appealing for anyone who may have any information about his whereabouts to contact them.

Mr Albon is white, around 5ft10~ tall, has a grey beard and bald head and is believed to have been wearing a green fleece jacket, black jogging bottoms and uses a walking stick.

Police believe he is in the Bedford area and would like to speak to anyone who may know of his whereabouts.

17th November, 2010

Police in Kettering are appealing for witnesses to a collision that took place on the corner of Lower Street and Tanners Lane in the town on Monday 15 November.

A 17-year-old girl was pushing a young child in a buggy at around 11am when she stopped to cross the road.

The buggy was partially in the road when a silver private hire taxi came down Tanners Lane and was in collision with it.

The two-year-old girl in the buggy was not injured in the collision, however, the buggy was badly damaged.

The car driver stopped briefly at the scene of the collision but did not get out of the car and then drove off.

The only description of the vehicle officers have is that it was a silver private hire taxi, possibly a people carrier.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

17th November, 2010

Sixty motorists were found to be breaking the law by officers involved in a road traffic operation in Northampton on Saturday.

Special Constables joined PC David Lee from the Operations Tactical Unit to mount the operation that tackled motorists who were caught breaking the law.

Officers handed out 60 Fixed Penalty Notices to motorists who were found to be committing a mixture of offences, including using a mobile phone behind the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt and for not have a valid MOT certificate.

Nine vehicles were recovered after the motorists were stopped for driving with no insurance, three of which happened in the first 30 minutes of the operation.

Two people were also arrested, one for driving while disqualified; the other was wanted on a court warrant.

PC Lee said: “We have been running these operations since the summer and yet it still surprises me how many people are determined to break the law while behind the wheel of a car.

“During Saturday’s operation, we stopped 23 people who were driving while using a mobile phone, something that can easily lead to a serious injury or even fatal road traffic collision.

“Similarly, we also found a lot of drivers who were not wearing a seatbelt and this too should not be taken lightly. Road traffic laws are in place for the safety of motorists as well as all other road users and should not be flouted.”

Officers were based on the Towcester Road in Northampton, near B&Q, between 11am and 5pm.

16th November, 2010

Police are investigating an assault on a 24 year old man who was punched in the face in Northampton.

The attack happened in The Drapery, between half past three and five o'clock on Saturday (13 November.)

Earlier in the evening the victim and a friend witnessed an assault on a woman and chased the offender who lost them in Gold Street. This man later assaulted the victim outside McDonalds.

The attacker was a white man, aged around 18-years-old, around 5ft 10" tall and of slim build. He was bald and wore blue jeans and a black hooded jacket.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

11th November, 2010

TEN arrests have been made across the county today in relation to Operation Guardian, the Forcewide crackdown on serious acquisitive crime - robbery, burglary and vehicle crime.
 
The arrests are as follows:-
A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of drugs offences at an address in Cook Terrace, Long Buckby
Three men arrested in Hood Street, Northampton, in connection with theft from a motor vehicle
A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of drugs offences at an address in James Watt Avenue, Corby
Two arrests on suspicion of drugs offences at an address in Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering
A 37-year-old man arrested in Wootton, Northampton for recall to prison
An 18-year-old man from Eastern Avenue South, Northampton, for failing to appear at court
A 19-year-old man from Thornton Road, Northampton, also for failing to appear at court

Superintendent Pete Windridge, who is leading Operation Guardian: "The early activity has been very encouraging in our quest to hunt down those dealing in drugs and involved in robbery, burglary and vehicle crime.
 
"We have also picked up three men wanted for recall to prison or failing to appear and the message is clear - we are on your case and will continue to be so in our determination to make our communities safer."

11th November, 2010

Police are appealing for witnesses to a series of metal thefts in Northampton in recent weeks.

Since the beginning of October police have received more than 20 reports of copper piping theft in areas to the north of the town centre, including The Arbours, Eastfield, Headlands and Abington.

Officers are investigating the thefts and are appealing for anyone who may have any information about these incidents to contact them.

They would also like to speak to anyone else who may have been the victim of such theft but who has not reported it to police to help get a clear picture of the offences.

PC Lisa Pickersgill from the Eastfield and Headlands Safer Community Team, said: “During most of the thefts the gas has been turned off prior to the pipes being cut, but during the last three offences the gas was left running as the metre was inside the property.

“It is clearly very dangerous for pipes containing gas to be tampered with and the actions of these offenders could easily have placed members of the public at risk.”

The majority of the thefts took place overnight and police are advising residents to take as many precautions as possible to prevent themselves from becoming new victims.

PC Pickersgill who is leading the investigation, added: “All of the copper pipes were plain copper and so we are advising people to paint any new piping they have as well as making sure it is securely fixed to the wall.”

Anyone who may have any information about these thefts or who may also have been a victim can contact police on 03000 111 222.

Many of these thefts have taken place at houses and flats owned by Northampton Borough Council. Repairing the damage has cost the Borough Council £10,000 since the beginning of October.

Cllr Sally Beardsworth, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing, said: “Not only are these thieves putting themselves and other people at risk, they are also causing real inconvenience to our tenants, some of whom have been left without heating and cooking facilities. The money that is being spent on repairs would be better put towards improving local homes.

“We are working with the local Safer Community Team and are urging people who live in flats to be cautious about letting anyone they don’t know into their building.”

The Borough Council is replacing stolen pipes with steel, which is less attractive to thieves – though more expensive to the Council – than copper.

10th November, 2010

Police are appealing for witnesses to a theft in Corby on Thursday 4 November.

Sometime between 3.25pm and 4pm an offender broke into a lorry that was parked in Everest Lane, at the back of Argos and stole a couple of bags.
 
They were white carrier bags with Avon employee shop written on the side and contained cosmetic goods.
 
A scruffy looking white man with a beard was seen near the lorry at the time of the incident and police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

10th November, 2010

Police are appealing for information about an assault on an 18-year-old man during the late evening of Thursday 28 October.
 
At some time between 7.45pm and 7.55pm, the man was walking home in the vicinity of Judith Road and Jean Road, Kettering, when he was approached by two black cars, a Volkswagen Estate and a Vauxhall Astra.
 
Both vehicles had blacked-out windows  and pulled up alongside the man. A man in one of the cars addressed the victim through a semi-opened window, asking him if the could get some drugs.
 
When the man refused and walked away, he was grabbed from behind and bundled into the estate car.
 
He was pinned down on the back seat and punched in the face. He was then dragged out of the car at nearby Washington Square.
 
The offender who punched the man is described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall, with short brown curly hair and a beard. He spoke with an Irish accent.
 
The offender who drove the estate car is described as white, aged 20-30 and around 5ft 11ins tall. He had brown fluffy hair and stubble on his face.

8th November, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a rtc in Kettering, which took place on Friday November 5 at 9.30pm.

A grey Fiat Punto was travelling along Wellington Street towards the crossroads with Regent Street when it failed to give way at the junction, and collided with a blue Ford Focus which was travelling east along Regent Street.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

8th November, 2010

A MAN was assaulted as he walked along Ashby Road in Daventry, between 00.45am and 00.55am on Saturday 6 November.

He was approached by two offenders who asked him to hand over various items of property.
 
The two men then assaulted him, and were disturbed when a car pulled up, at which point they ran off in the direction of Shackleton Drive.
 
The victim received minor injuries.
 
The offenders, both white, are described as follows:
One man of about 5'6'', average build, with blonde hair. He wore a red hoody with the hood up, and jeans. The second offender was also about 5'6'', average build, with blue eyes, wearing a dark blue hoody with the hood up, and a black scarf covering part of his face.

8th November, 2010

WE are appealing for witnesses following the theft of lead roof flashing from Holy Cross Church in Collingtree Road, Milton Malsor.

The offence took place between the early hours of Monday 1 November and 8pm on Friday 6 November.

During that time, offenders gained access to the church and stole about 30' of lead roof flashing. As a result, the roof has started to leak, potentially causing further damage to the churche's wooden interior.
 
Offences of this nature are most likely to occur during the evenings and nights, and we are asking that people are extra vigilant as the nights draw in.

8th November, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a burglary took place in Woodnewton Way, Corby, which involved assault and the theft of medication.

The offence took place on Sunday 7 November between 3.30am and 3.35am.
 
The offender had been invited into a shared property, but then trespassed into the room of one of the tenants.
 
He then assaulted the victim and took a quantity of prescription drugs, including Diazepan.
 
The victim received cuts and bruising which required hopspital treatment.
 
A 22-year-old local man has been arrested in connection with this offence, and has been delay charge bailed to 29 November.

27th October, 2010

POLICE are urging members of the public to report any suspicious activity around JCB digger vehicles.
 
It follows a couple of recent incidents in which diggers have been used to remove cash machines from business premises.
 
The most recent incident was the attempted theft of a cash machine from Barclays Bank in High Street, Brackley, during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).
 
Also yesterday evening and overnight, two stolen JCB diggers were recovered by police, there was a report of an attempted theft of a digger and a report of suspicious activity in relation to this type of theft.
 
* 26 October, 1940hrs, Rothwell
Report of persons acting suspiciously outside the Nationwide Building Society in Bridge Street
 
* 26 October, 2305, Rockingham
Stolen JCB digger recovered on the road between Rockingham and Gretton
 
* 27 October, 0015hrs, Deenethorpe
Stolen JCB digger dumped in field on road between Weldon and Deenethorpe
 
* 27 October, 0110hrs, Oundle
Attempted theft of a JCB digger from a building site at Lytham Park
 
* 27 October, 0205hrs, Brackley
Attempted theft of a cash machine from Barclays Bank in High Street. JCB used, stolen from nearby business premises
 
In respect of the incident in Brackley, the yellow stolen telescopic digger ram raided the front of the bank in an attempt to remove the cash machine, causing considerable damage to the frontage of the bank, the pavement and street bollards.
 
The incident took place between 1.55am and 2.05am this morning.
 
The offender first attempted to get away in a stolen silver Toyota pickup truck. When this proved unsuccessful, he then got into a stolen Audi A6 which was driven off towards Northampton.
 
Both these vehicles were later recovered - the pickup truck had been stolen from a property in Denford within the last couple of days.
 
Detective Constable Dave Calvert, who is overseeing the investigation into the attempted theft at Barclays in Brackley, said:

"We are linking all the above incidents to the extent that they all occurred on the same night and that all, apart from one, had a JCB aspect to it.
 
"The attempted theft at Brackley is under investigation and we are appealing for information. Anyone with information, or who witnessed this incident, should contact Northamptonshire West CID on 03000 111 222.
 
"There have been a couple of recent crimes featuring JCB diggers being driven at premises.
 
"I would appeal to members of the public across the county to be vigilant around JCB diggers and to report any suspicious activity to us.
 
"Please note any unusual movements of JCB diggers and any suspicious activity or vehicles in the vicinity of locations where these diggers are present."

27th October, 2010

A car was broken into while it was parked in a hotel car park in Rockingham Road, Corby on Sunday morning.

Sometime between 3.15am and 10.30am the red VW Golf was broken into and items including a video recorder and mobile phone were stolen.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

27th October,2010

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary that took place at an industrial unit on the Royal Oak Industrial Estate in Daventry overnight on Friday.

Sometime between 4.30pm on Friday 22 October and 1.30pm on Saturday 23 October, offenders forced entry to the buiding and stole items including internal electrical cabling, the domestic heating system and various power tools.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

27th October, 2010

Police in Towecester are linking two burglaries that happened in the town centre in the last couple of days.

The first incident took place sometime between 3pm on Monday 25 October and 10am on Tuesday 26 October at a rental agency in Watling Street.
 
Offenders gained access to the property and searched inside but nothing is believed to have been stolen.
 
The second incident took place at a hairdressers in Sponne Shopping Centre, Towcester, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
 
Sometime between 4am and 8.30am on Tuesday 26 October, offenders forced entry to the property and stole a small amount of cash.
 
There are no witnesses to either incident and officers would like to speak to anyone who may have any information about them.

25th October, 2010

Police are appealing for information after a serious assault on a Wellingborough man left him requiring hospital treatment.
 
The victim, aged 22, ran from an address in Buckingham Close during the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday), pursued by a group of around five or six black men in dark clothing.
 
The attack happened at some time between 5.30am and 6am. The victim suffered injuries including puncture wounds after being assaulted with implements believed to include a knife and a hammer. He was taken to Kettering General Hospital.

25th October, 2010

Officers in Wellingborough issued 61 Fixed Penalty Notices to drivers found breaking the law on Saturday.

The group of 15 officers spent the day in the town centre tackling those drivers who were found to be breaking the law.

In total 61 fixed penalty notices were issued through the course of the day to drivers for committing offences such as failure to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving or for driving while not having valid insurance.

Officers issued 37 fines to people who failed to wear a seatbelt, something that could have fatal consequences.

PC David Lee from the Operation Tactical Unit, who ran the operation, said: “We are determined to make Northamptonshire’s roads even safer and will continue to tackle those motorists who continue to break the law.

“During our operation we found 37 people who were not wearing a seatbelt, something that is not acceptable.

“Someone not wearing a seatbelt involved in a collision is more likely to die than someone who is wearing one. That is why it is vitally important that all people travelling in vehicles spend just a few seconds belting up before every journey.

“We also issued a fixed penalty notice to two people who were using their mobile phones, one person who was driving without insurance and to people who did not have a valid MOT.

”These may seem like minor offences, but anything that distracts motorists while they are behind the wheel can have very serious consequences, not only for them, but for any other road user or pedestrian.”

25th October, 2010

Police are appealing for information about an assault on a 101-year-old man as he walked through Spencer Haven in Northampton between 11.40am and 12.15pm on Saturday (23 October).
 
The man was walking through Spencer Haven, from Countess Road to Gladstone Road, when some boys came up behind him and kicked his walking stick away from him.
 
The man, who has limited sight and poor hearing, challenged the boys and, from their response, thought they were in their early teens or even younger.
 
He then felt two hands on his back and he was pushed to the floor. The boys then ran away.
 
The man made his way to the Londis post office on Gladstone Road nursing cuts to his wrist, arm and face. He also had a swollen nose.
 
It is possible that this may not be an isolated incident and that there may have been similar incidents in recent weeks that have not been reported.

25th October, 2010

A 20-year-old man was assaulted as he walked across the Racecourse in the early hours of Wednesday 20 October.

The man had been dropped-off by a taxi in St George's Avenue, when he walked along the footpath into the Racecourse.
 
He turned right when the footpath forked, remaining on a lit pathway.
 
At this point he was approached from behind and punched and slapped to the back of the head.
 
The two offenders then made off across the Racecourse. The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.
 
The first offender was white, around 6ft tall, of medium build and wore dark coloured trousers and a waist length blue jacket with a logo on the back.
 
The second offender was of mixed race, slightly shorter than the first offender, was of average build and wore a dark coloured baseball cap.
 
The incident happened sometime between 4.10am and 4.20am, and officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

22nd October, 2010

THE intensity of the major policing operation that kicked off in Corby on Monday has continued unabated throughout the week, with impressive results:

  • 17 warrants have been executed across the town, under the Misuse of Drugs Act
  • Police have made 23 arrests- 21 men, 2 women, all local with ages ranging from 17 to 54
  • Of those arrested, 17 people have been charged with drugs related offences
  • 8 have been remanded in custody
  • 6 have been delay charge bailed
  • £12,000 cash and a significant quantity of class A and B drugs have been seized

The week’s activity followed rigorous investigative work under the umbrella of Operation Guardian, and involved a large team of officers. Specialist entry tactics were deployed to access heavily fortified premises, and sniffer dogs, PAVA spray and scenes of crime officers were used. Three major drugs houses were closed down, all of which had been operating on a professionalised basis.

Chief Inspector Gary Williams, Corby Sector Commander, said:

“This has been an extremely successful week. We’ve shown a real determination to tackle drug-related crime in Corby.

“The results we’ve seen can only serve to build on the trust and confidence our communities have in policing the town.

“We will continue to talk to our communities and ask that they keep on providing intelligence, which we will act on as quickly as we can.

“The momentum is set to continue, which should serve as a warning and a deterrent to the drugs community of this town.
 
“The support from everybody involved in this operation is a fantastic example of of the team Northamptonshire approach we take to policing the county.”

22nd October, 2010

Northamptonshire Police has used a new tactic in tackling vehicle crime and those people who repeatedly commit this type of crime.

For the first time in the Force’s history officers have successfully sought an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against a 15-year-old boy preventing him from touching or entering a vehicle without the permission of the owner in Northampton for the next two years.

If he breaches this condition he faces being summonsed to return to court and the prospect of potentially being sent to prison.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon from the Vechicle Crime Team, said: “This is the first time we have obtained a condition of this kind in Northamptonshire.

“This boy pleaded guilty to a series of vehicle crimes that took place in the summer and we felt this was an appropriate course of action.”

DI Hitchon manages a dedicated Vehicle Crime Team based at Campbell Square Police Station that is responsible for tackling those people who either steal motor vehicles or items from them.

He added: “We are determined to tackle those people who commit vehicle crime with whatever tools are available to us, and so far this year we have seen a 35 per cent drop in vehicle crime in Northampton, Daventry and South Northants.

“We want the message to be clear, we are committed to tackling offenders and if you commit vehicle crime you could end up with an ASBO as well as a criminal conviction.”

22nd October, 2010

A Quad bike was stolen from a property in Bede Close, Corby, on Saturday 16 October between 1pm and 4pm.

The bike is a red Quadzilla ZR50 with black and purple Quadzilla stickers on both sides.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

22nd October, 2010

An incident took place on Tuesday 19 October between 4pm and 4.15pm, at Five Ways Service Station, Byefield, Daventry.

The incident involved the attempted theft from a delivery driver who was delivering groceries and cigarettes to the garage on the A361.
 
Two men made off in a green Vauxhall Vectra 4 door saloon towards Banbury. They were disturbed by the delivery driver when they were attempting to take goods from his large 'P & H Maclean' delivery truck.

22nd October, 2010

POLICE are investigating a serious incident involving a taxi, a light blue Hackney carriage.
 
The incident took place on Sunday 17 October between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.
 
The taxi was carrying a young woman and her two-year-old child along Farmstead Road, and at the junction of Greenhill Rise a hard object was thrown at the vehicle, causing the window to smash and glass to spill onto the driver. This resulted in considerable damage to the vehicle.
 
The offenders are described as a group of six white youths aged 8-10 years old, all wearing sports clothing. One was wearing a grey hooded top and another one a dark brown hooded top.

22nd October, 2010

A burglary took place in Whistlets Close, West Hunsbury, on Thursday 21 October.

An unknown offender forced their way into the rear of the property and stole items of jewellery from inside.
 
The burglary took place sometime between 10am and 1.15pm.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

21st October, 2010

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Police has gained national attention for its programme of tactics being used to tackle alcohol related issues in the county as part of Operation Nightsafe. 

Operation Nightsafe is an umbrella operation for several initiatives, which have seen us working with partners to tackle the full range of alcohol related incidents. 

This programme of activities has been recognised by the Alcohol Harm Reduction National Support Team as “good and innovative practice” which they have shared nationally, with the result of several other forces approaching Northamptonshire Police wanting to gain a better understanding of our approach.
 
The national team set up by the government aims to provide local support to organisations tackling alcohol harm, while also identifying and sharing best practice.
 
The force together with local councils and partners agencies have been piloting different ways to support our town centres in the evenings and weekends, trying to achieve the balance of a vibrant nightlife with a safe and enjoyable environment for all.
 
The police activity targets a wide range of issues including sales of alcohol to underage drinkers, pubs and clubs breaching the terms of their licences and drink related anti-social behaviour. 
 
Community safety sergeant Ian Fletcher, said: “We have been open with all of our licencees telling them about the actions the police and partners are taking especially in the build up to Christmas, the message is clear that breaches of licences will not be tolerated.
 
“Our officers have also spent a significant amount of time confiscating alcohol from drunken people in public places.  The public have made us aware of areas where alcohol related disturbances really impact on their quality of life and our approach has been to disrupt and remove the alcohol from the location and support the community to prevent this from reoccurring.”

21st October, 2010

Officers investigating a serious road traffic collision that took place on the A43 near Broughton last night are appealing for a motorist who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

The collision took place on the A43 at around 6.30pm last night, Wednesday 20 October, when a silver Ford Puma was travelling on the A43 towards the Broughton crossroads and a gold single deck Dennis coach that was travelling in the opposite direction.
 
For reasons yet unknown, the Ford Puma crossed the main carriageway and was in collision with the coach.
 
Police believe there was a car travelling in front of the coach at the time of the collision and are appealing for that motorist to contact them.

The 23-year-old woman driving the Ford suffered serious, life threatening injuries and was trapped inside her vehicle while the 51-year-old man driving the coach suffered minor injuries.
 
Both were taken to Kettering General Hospital for treatment.
 
The woman remains in hospital with serious, life threatening injuries.
 
There were no passengers on board the coach at the time of the collision.
 
This motorist, anyone with information, or who witnessed either of these vehicles prior to the collision, or who witnessed this incident, is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615 or send an SMS text to our textline 07765 637201.

21st October, 2010

POLICE have been liaising with two of county’s top football clubs in readiness for an FA Cup derby fixture at the weekend.

Kettering Town will play hosts to neighbours and rivals Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday (23 October) in a battle for a place in the first round proper of the FA Cup.

The match kicks off at 3pm and, with both teams enjoying good current form, interest in the fixture should be high.

Inspector Dennis Murray, the match commander, said: “There has always been rivalry between the two teams and the fixture has been spiced up as at stake is a place in the first round of the FA Cup.

“We expect there will be a sizeable crowd and the match will need to be publicised, but there is no information to suggest that any disorder will take place.

“The mid-afternoon kick off will keep people in the public houses longer and we are working closely with local pubs, and the safety officer at Rockingham Road, to ensure the match is an enjoyable experience for both sets of fans.

“Anyone turning up to the match under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed access and I would ask all supporters to comply with any instructions given to them by police and stewards.

“If you are planning to take a car to the game, please allow yourself plenty of time for the journey and park your vehicle safely and considerately.

“We intend to take a tough stance with anyone looking to cause trouble and will be monitoring CCTV systems as part of the operation.”

Kettering sector commander, Inspector Dick Aistrop, urged those attending the match to show consideration and respect for other spectators.

He added: “I would ask supporters to act sensibly at all times, respect other fans at the ground and not spoil their enjoyment of the game.

“Both the police and the football club will prosecute anyone breaking the law, causing disruption or behaving anti-socially.”

21st October, 2010

Three teenagers from the Kettering area have been sentenced to custody for three street robberies of younger teenagers in Hitchin and Higham Ferrars.

Their victims were said to have been extremely frightened and lost self confidence as a result of the attacks.

Louis Cowern, 19 from Boland Drive, Kettering was sentenced to 12 months youth custody at Luton Crown Court on Thursday. He had no previous convictions and was the driver. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £450 compensation.

Two 17 year old twins from the Kettering area were each given a 12 month detention and training order and told to pay £500 each in compensation.

All three pleaded guilty to three charges of robbery committed on Feb 27 this year.

Timothy Bowden, prosecuting said a fourth man was involved but he had not been caught.

The first incident occurred in Burford Way, Hitchin at about 10.30 pm when four teenagers aged about 15 and 16 were walking home. A car pulled up alongside and three youths got out. One had a baseball bat and two had knives.

Two of the victims were robbed of a mobile phone and a jacket and then Cowern drove the robbers away.

About an hour later a 16 year old was walking alone in Saffron Road, Higham Ferrars, when the same car pulled up alongside him. One defendant showed him he had a knife and demanded everything he had got. He ran off but was caught and punched to the back of his head.

He handed over his keys, mobile phone and wallet, said the prosecutor, and was punched again. He made a note of the car's registration.

Two days later the car was stopped and the three defendants were inside. Two knives and a baseball bat were found inside.

Helen Fleck, defending Cowern, said he never got out of the car but became aware that weapons were used.

Stephen Garratt defending the twins said they had expressed remorse and saved up money for compensation. They were both at college and would be vulnerable in custody.

Judge John Bevan QC told them: "These were offences of robbery committed late at night, on the street against vulnerable victims younger than yourselves. Two knives and a baseball bat were used."


21st October, 2010

A serious road traffic collision took place on the A43 at around 6.30pm last night, Wednesday 20 October.

A silver Ford Puma was travelling on the A43 towards the Broughton crossroads and a gold single deck Dennis coach was travelling in the opposite direction.
 
For reasons yet unknown, the Ford Puma crossed the main carriageway and was in collision with the coach.
 
The 23-year-old woman driving the Ford suffered serious, life threatening injuries and was trapped inside her vehicle while the 51-year-old man driving the coach suffered minor injuries.
 
Both were taken to Kettering General Hospital for treatment.
 
There were no passengers on board the coach at the time of the collision.


21st October, 2010

A 31-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted robbery at Ladbrokes bookmaker in Market Square, Northampton, on Tuesday evening (19 October).
 
At some time between 7.10pm and 7.30pm, a man entered the staff area of the premises and attempted to remove cash. He was challenged and left the premises.
 
A short while later, police received reports of a man trying to break into bicycle sheds in Military Court, Northampton.
 
Officers attended the scene and arrested the man on suspicion of the Ladbrokes robbery and he was taken into custody at Weston Favell police station.

19th  October, 2010

TODAY saw more intense police activity in Corby, with over 50 officers from across the county involved in strikes to the town’s major drugs houses, following months of investigative work under Operation Guardian.

Another seven warrants were executed, and six further arrests made, all related to conspiracy to supply drugs.

This brings the total to 13 search warrants and 15 arrests from the two days of activity. One woman and fourteen men have been  arrested, all of them local. Police put a stop to the activity of three of the town’s major drugs houses, in Grendon Avenue, Landseer Court, and Eastbrook, as well as further addresses across the town.
 
Criminal justice in action has also been evident, and the determination to see those involved in criminality in Corby brought to justice as quickly as possible. Several of the men arrested yesterday as part of this operation have already been charged with conspiracy to supply drugs, and one of these men appeared in court this morning and was remanded in custody to appear again on January 20.

Corby Sector Commander, Chief Inspector Gary Williams said:

“The speed of this process will give our communities confidence to work even closer with the police and continue to supply the community intelligence we need.

“The two days have highlighted the fact that Corby has excellent community spirit, and will serve to build on the community’s trust and confidence in Northamptonshire Police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour”.

Superintendent Max Williams, who ran and coordinated the operation, said:

“This has been a very successful operation from a command point of view.

“The two days have clearly demonstrated the professionalism and dedication of our officers in dealing with some of the more hostile individuals and premises in Corby.

“This is an example of the commitment of Northamptonshire Police to deal positively with this type of criminality in our communities.

“The public can have our assurance that we will continue to do so.”

19th October, 2010

A TOTAL of 17 people were arrested during Wellingborough Police’s successful high-impact week of action in the town.

Three more people remain on the wanted list and 18 warrants were executed on the back of a whole range of crime-fighting measures tackling serious acquisitive crime as part of Operation Guardian.

Other headline results from the week of action include:-

· 1000 crime prevention packs distributed, 700 of which went to local schools
· More than 100 hours of hotspot patrols, carried out on foot or using the Operation Guardian vehicle
· Immobilise registrations in one of the town’s schools
· 50 Lo-Jack licences (laptop trackers) issued, with a further 50 to follow this week via schools
· Multi-agency traffic operation
· First street surgery held
· More than 1,000 Operation Guardian good news leaflets delivered on priority areas.
· Probation Service completed enhanced graffiti removal and litter clearance in priority areas

Inspector Nick Lyall, of the Wellingborough sector, said: “It was a hugely successful week and we received tremendous support from partners, the media and, not least, the Wellingborough public.

“The work we did with the schools was well received by the parents and staff involved and this work will now become weekly business.

“Partnership support was excellent and we enjoyed some fruitful days with Probation, Wellingborough Homes, VOSA and the DVLA, who all joined in with targeted activity.

“And the week gave us the opportunity to push our activities and good news messages via social networking sites and the Facebook feedback in particular has been very positive.

“Our local criminals certainly felt the Force, and we intend to keep the pressure on them.”

19th October, 2010

WE are appealing for information about a burglary that occurred at a property in Strawberry Hill, Rectory Farm, Northampton last Friday (15 October).
 
At some time between 2pm and 3pm, three men arrived at the property. Two men went round the back of the property and forced entry through the rear patio doors. Nothing was stolen.
 
The first offender is described as white, aged around 30, of average height and stocky build. He was wearing a black hat and black puffa jacket.
 
The second offender is also white, of similar age and height and of medium build. He was wearing a dark suit. There is no description for the third offender.

19th October, 2010

A man and a boy, both Vietnamese nationals, have been charged with suspected drugs offences following the discovery of a cannabis factory in Broadmead Avenue, Northampton, yesterday (Monday).
 
Officers carried out a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant as part of Operation Guardian following a tip off from the Eastfields and Headlands Safer Community Team and uncovered 700 plants at the address.
 
A 40-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were found hiding in the loft. They were arrested and taken to Weston Favell police station and were later charged.

19th October, 2010

OFFICERS carried out a covert test purchasing operation in Corby on Wednesday 13 October, following reports of alcohol being sold to children.

Test purchasers as young as 15 were used in a carefully controlled and highly focused operation targeting the identified premises.
Three of the four premises targeted sold alcohol to the test purchase team, and now face prosecution and a possible review of their Premises Licence.

Sergeant Ian Fletcher of Northants Police Licensing Unit said:

“ I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of this operation but I am not that surprised. My team acted on good quality intelligence and the results speak for themselves.

“I will be pursuing the toughest possible sanction for anyone found guilty of the supply of alcohol to children on this and future occasions. I make no apologies for the determination of my team to eradicate this practice, it has to stop.”

The team had to cut short the operation following interference from a man outside one of the premises. He was arrested and subsequently charged with being drunk and disorderly.

The operation was the fourteenth in the north of the county since April this year, under the banner of Operation Shelley.
 
Carol Gamble, Trading Standards Officer, said:
 
“Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards have worked closely with Northamptonshire Police and other partners to reduce the incidents of underage sales of alcohol across the County, and in Corby in particular.

“In February, we organised a free retailer training session for Corby retailers.

“Officers provided advice, posters and training packs, and personal visits have been carried out to all those premises that sold alcohol.

“It is disappointing that, despite this work, sales to underage people have continued.

“Retailers must follow either the Challenge 21 or 25 scheme, and ask for valid photographic proof of the young persons age if they look to be under 21 or 25. If they cannot provide proof of age, they must not sell to them. It’s as simple as that.”

Damian Wilkins, Health Protection Manager for Corby Borough Council, said:

“This is very bad news and I would urge the police to take any and all measures available to them to prosecute those responsible”.

4th October, 2010

We are appealing for information about a robbery that occurred in the H and T store in Abington Street, Northampton.
 
At some time between 11am and 11,50am on Friday (1 October), a man entered the store and snatched a gold bracelet from a shop worker's hand before running off. The bracelet is of considerable value.
 
The offender left the store and turned right, making off down Abington Street. He is described as black, aged 25 to 28, of slim to medium build with short dark hair.
 
He was wearing black tracksuit top and trousers. The top had reflective stripes down his sides and over his shoulder.

4th October, 2010

A robbery took place at Kingsthorpe Recreation Ground, Welford Road, Northampton, on Friday 1 October.

Sometime between 10.45pm and 11.05pm, a 49 year old man was pushed to the floor by three offenders who then stole his shoulder bag containing a wallet, two mobile phones and a set of darts.
 
The offenders then made off towards Welford Road.
 
All three offenders were Asian men, aged in their 20s. Two of the three were approximately 6ft tall and of stocky build.
 
The victim did not receive any injuries during the incident.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have any information about this incident.

4th October, 2010

We are appealing for information about an attempted robbery on a man in Billing Road, Northampton, which took place during the early hours of Saturday morning (2 October).
 
At some time between 1.25am and 1.35am, the man was walking alone along Billing Road.
 
As he got level with Lower Thrift Street, two men walked towards him and demanded his wallet.
 
One of the men then reached into his jacket and at this point the victim believed that he was reaching for his weapon and feared for his safety.
 
The victim defended himself and the mane ran off in the direction of the town centre without his wallet.
 
The first man is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, aged in his thirties and of stocky build. He was wearing a black hooded top with a red motif on the front.
 
The second offender is also white, of similar height and age but of medium build. He was wearing a blue hooded top.

1st October, 2010

An 11-year-old boy was assaulted whilst walking to school, on Wednesday 29 September at about 8.05am.

The victim was walking across the footbridge near Rillwood Court, Billing Brook Road, Northampton, when a group of youths stopped him, pulled him to the ground, and kicked and shouted at him.
 
He sustained minor injuries including cuts and bruising.
 
The offenders were all male, aged 12 to 13 years old.  

1st October, 2010

A vehicle had its number plates and VW hubcaps stolen between 8pm on Friday 24 September and midday on Saturday 25 September.

The vehicle was parked in Cobden Street, Corby, near the junction with Field Street.
 
It is a grey VW Beetle. The vehicle registration number on the stolen plates is KRO2 LPE.

30th September, 2010

A man was assaulted at the top of Gold Street, Northampton, in the early hours of Sunday morning, 26 September, at about 2.15am.

The man was walking with a friend when he was approached and assaulted by a group of 4 or 5 males.
 
He suffered a broken nose during the incident and was taking to Northampton General Hospital.

30th September, 2010

A 24-year-old man from Wellingborough has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and has been questioned at Corby police station.
 
The man was arrested after the vehicle in which he was travelling was stopped by police in Bryant Road, Kettering, at around 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.
 
The man made off from the vehicle on foot but was detained after a short chase. A quantity of cannabis was recovered from the vehicle.

30th September, 2010

A man was arrested on Friday September 17, outside the Saints Ground on Weedon Road, Northampton, whilst purporting to be collecting for charity.
 
The man appeared to be collecting for Children In Need, and clearly appeared to be  quite genuine as far as the public were concerned.
Police conducted checks and requested to see the man's identification, but he  confirmed that he did not have permission.

The male was subsequently arrested.

Police are advising people to be cautious when giving to charity, and to check that the collector has ID, with permission to be collecting from both the charity and the local council.

29th September, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following the theft of lead from a property in Bath Road, Kettering between 5.00pm on Tuesday 21 September and 5.45am on Wednesday 22 September.

The offender(s) have gained access to Timsons roof and removed a large quantity of lead.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

22nd September, 2010

We are appealing for information about the theft of a pedal cycle from the front garden of a property in Roman Way, Daventry, between 5.30pm and 6pm last Friday evening (17 September).
 
A green 'GT' BMX bike was left unattended and its theft has left its owner, an eight-year-old boy, very upset.
 
A group of six boys, all aged in their mid-teens, were seen hanging around the area shortly before the bike was stolen.

22nd September, 2010

We are appealing for information following an assault on a boy as he walked home from school along Waynflete Drive in Brackley between 4.15pm and 4.30pm on the afternoon of Monday 6 September.
 
Between these times, the boy was approached by a group of older teenagers, one of whom tried to prevent the victim from passing by.
 
One of the group then grabbed the victim's tie with one hand, and used the other to tighten the knot up towards the windpipe.
 
The boy's head was tilted backwards before he was able to free himself. The youths then ran off.
 
The main offender is described as white, aged around 17, 5ft 5ins tall and of slim build. He was clean shaven and was wearing a dark-coloured hoody and ark-coloured baggy trousers.
 
The second offender is white, aged 15-17, of similar height and size. He was wearing a light-coloured hoody, tracksuit trousers and a baseball cap.
 
The third offender is white, aged 15-17, also of similar height and size. He was wearing a dark-coloured hoody and tracksuit trousers.

22nd September, 2010

WE are appealing for information about an assault which occurred in Gordon Street, Wellingborough, between 6.10pm and 6.25pm last Friday (17 September).
 
Between these times, an argument resulted after the male victim accidentally bumped into the offender within the Tesco store in Cannon Street.
 
Thereafter, in Gordon Street, the offender deliberately drove his vehicle - a silver BMW3 series - at the victim.
 
The victim sustained cuts and bruises as a result of this incident and the offender then drove off along Cannon Street towards Finedon Road.
 
The offender is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build. He had short cropped light brown hair and is clean shaven.
 
He was wearing a white zip-up jumper and grey jogging bottoms and black Nike trainers.

20th September, 2010

A man was assaulted in Daventry on Saturday 18 September, at around 10.45pm. The victim had just left Friday's Public House and was making a phone call in the alleyway between Bowen Square and West Court, when he had the mobile phone snatched out of his hand.

The offender made off through an alleyway leading from New Street to Church Walk. The victim gave chase and demanded the return of his phone, when he was sprayed in the face by a substance believed to be pepper spray, and temporarily lost his sight.

The offender is described as skinny, about 5'4''.

The phone is a red and black Samsung i5700.

20th September, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an assault, which occurred at Mollys Bar, Abington Square on Tuesday 7 September at 11.00pm.

While at the bar, a 19-year-old woman had her hair pulled from behind by a female offender causing her to fall and hit the floor with her head.

The offender was then removed from the bar.

20th September, 2010

'Operation Boulder II’ is a new policing operation designed to tackle underage drinking and youth nuisance in Daventry Town. 

The operation will provide additional police resources from October until Christmas. The new mobile CCTV system will be deployed to any anti-social behaviour or youths gathering, before problems arise.

Officers will be highly visible and will patrol both the Town Centre areas and also the local housing estates.  The extra patrols will be combined with police surgeries that will take place outside Tesco, New Street, in November. 

The surgeries will be an opportunity for local people to make police aware of any youth nuisance issues as the darker nights draw in, so that they can be tackled quickly.

20th September, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an incident, which occurred on Ashbrow Road, Briar Hill between 1.30am and 3.15am on Monday 20 September.

During the incident an offender(s) set a blue Vauxhall Corsa on fire.

16th September, 2010

A burglary took place in Jenner Crescent, Northampton, between 3.50am and 4am this morning.

Offenders gained access to the property but did not take anything as they were disturbed by the owner, who saw two males running from the house and then get into a black car, possibly an old Astra.
 
The vehicle was driven in the direction of the Harborough Road.
 
The offenders- both white - are described as follows: One approximately 6'tall, of slim build, wearing a black balaclava, grey hooded puffa jacket and dark jeans. The other was shorter, and wore dark clothing.

13th September, 2010

POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision, which occurred at approximately 1.20pm on Saturday 11 September on Wootton Road, Quinton between Quinton Village and Salcey Forest.

A grey Renault Clio, being driven towards Salcey Forest by a 36-yar-old woman was in collision with a grey Vauxhall Astra, which was being driven by a 58-year-old woman and was travelling towards Quinton.

As a result of the collision the driver of the Renault Clio was taken to Northampton General Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for three hours.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw either vehicle prior to the collision to contact them.

13th September, 2010

A 24-year-old man was robbed in Purser Road, Northampton in the early hours of Saturday, 10 September.

The man was walking along Birchfield Road, onto Collingwood Road, then across Abington Road and onto Purser Road, at around 1am, when he was approached by two men.
 
He was then assaulted by both of the men who stole his wallet before making off.
 
The first offender was a white man, 6ft 2" tall, with short black hair, protruding ears, of thin build, aged 18 to 19 and was a wearing dark coloured jumper and jeans.
 
The second offender was of mixed race, around 5ft8" tall, with short brown hair and of slim build, he was also aged 18 to 19 years and wore light coloured clothing.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may recognise the description of the two offenders.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

13th September, 2010

POLICE are appealing for information following a series of burglaries, which occurred in Wantage Close, Moulton on Thursday 9 September between 3.00pm and 9.00pm.

The properties were broken into, the first via the front door and two others by smashing the rear patio doors.

A quantity of jewellery was stolen during the burglaries.

13th September, 2010

A 15-year-old boy was assaulted at Sixfields on Friday evening.

The boy was with friends after leaving the cinema between 7.50pm and 8.15pm, when he was approached by a group of teeage boys, one of who was verbally abusive before assaulting him, causing minor injuries.
 
The offender was a white, teenage boy, around 5ft8" tall, of thin build and had a 'square' face. He had short, spikey dark coloured hair and wore a blue jumper.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding this incident. 
 
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with this inicdent, and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

6th September, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a burglary, which occurred at the moorings near B and Q on Saturday 4 September between 6.30pm and 11.15pm.

During the incident, an offender broke into a tartan narrowboat and stole an air rifle. It is described as an SMK Model 19 with a break barrel, brown stock, black barrel, approximately two and a half feet long, in a brown faux leather case.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

6th September, 2010

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with drugs offences following a raid on a cannabis factory in the Abington area of Northampton.
 
The Abington and Weston Safer Community Team issued a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant on a property in Adams Avenue.
 
Nearly 500 cannabis plants of varying stages of growth were recovered from four bedrooms within the terraced property.
 
One man, a Vietnamese national, is presently in custody at Weston Favell police station in the town.

6th September, 2010

Police are appealing for witnesses to a series of linked incidents in Northampton town centre on Saturday 4 September.

Two small groups of young men were involved in a number of altercations in Woolmonger Street, Northampton, between 1.20am and 1.40am, during which three men were assaulted.
 
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident and are also appealing for two of the victims to come forward.
 
The three offenders were all white men and are believed to be from the Northampton area.
 
The first was around 6ft tall, of medium build, with short dark coloured hair, wore black jeans and a black polo tee shirt and is believed to be in his early 20s.
 
The second had short fair coloured hair, was around 5ft7" tall and wore a light blue shirt, was of slim build and was in his late teens.
 
The third was also in his late teens and wore a distinctive, patterned red, black and white or grey, long sleeved shirt and was around 5ft8" tall.
 
Two other young men have been arrested in connection with the incident. A 17-year-old has been released on bail pending further enquiries while an 18-year-old man was released without charge.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.
 
They would also like to speak to anyone who may recognise the description of the offenders.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

6th September, 2010

A 14-year-old girl had her mountain bike stolen while she was in Abington Park on Sunday 5 September.

Sometime between 5.30pm and 5.50pm the girl was approached by a teenage boy in the park who demanded her bike and threatened her.
 
She was sat on the grass on the hill behind the swings near to the lake when she was approached. The offender made off in the direction of Bridgewater Drive with the red and silver Apollo mountain bike.
 
The offender was black, around 13 to 14 years old, around 5ft2" tall and of slim build and wearing a dark blue hooded top with the top up.

Officers would like to speak to anyone with any information about this incident or who may recognise the description of the offender.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

6th September, 2010

TWO men from Wellingborough were arrested in connection with thefts from motor vehicles in the east of the county.
 
The arrests were made after the vehicle in which they were travelling was stopped by police in Irthlingborough shortly after midnight yesterday morning (Sunday).
 
A 21-year-old man has been charged in relation to a theft from a motor vehicle offence. A 30-year-old man was released without charge.

6th September, 2010

A 39-year-old man from Corby has been arrested in connection with a robbery in the town.
 
The man threatened a boy in George Street on Sunday afternoon and stole the boy's bicycle. The boy was not injured.
 
The bicycle was later recovered and the man is presently in custody at Corby police station.

6th September, 2010

THREE men and two boys were arrested in connection with a taxi driver robbery in the King's Heath area of Northampton during the early hours of Saturday morning (4 September).
 
At some time between 2.50am and 3am on Saturday, a taxi driver delivered a fare to Park Drive and was then threatened with a knife by one a group of five offenders.
 
Cash was stolen from the taxi driver and the group then made off on foot. Five suspects were later arrested and taken to Weston Favell police station for questioning.
 
An 18-year-old man from King's Heath in Northampton was subsequently charged in connection with the robbery.
 
Two men from Northampton - aged 20 and 18, the latter also from King's Heath - received a caution.
 
Two boys - aged 17 and 16 - were issued with reprimands and warned as to their future conduct.

6th September, 2010

A 25-year-old man was assaulted late on Thursday night in Rushden High Street.

The man had just come out of the Rose and Crown at around 11.40pm when he was approached by a group of men near a bus stop.
 
An altercation then took place, during which the victim was knocked to the floor unconscious.
 
He suffered head injuries as a result of the incident for which he required hospital treatment.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.
 
Four men, aged 17, 20, 23 and 24, have been arrested and bailed in connection with this incident.

31st August, 2010

Police in Northampton investigating a robbery are appealing for witnesses.

Sometime between 9pm and 9.20pm on Wednesday 25 August, a 33 year old man states he was hit on the head and fell to the floor as he walked through an alleyway in Aldbury Court, between Upper Priory Street and St Georges Street.
 
Nothing was taken during the incident and officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed it.
 
The offender was around 5ft6" tall and wore a blue or black hooded top and dark coloured jeans.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

31st August, 2010

WE are appealing for information about a knifepoint robbery on a man which occurred on Mereway in Northampton at around 5.40pm on Friday evening (27 August).
 
The man was walking along the footpath separating the road from Wootton Hall Park, close to Force Headquarters.
 
He was approached by a man who demanded money. When the victim refused to hand over cash, he was was threatened by the offender who produced a large kitchen knife.
 
The man then handed the offender his wallet and cash was stolen. The offender then headed off towards London Road.
 
The offender is described as white, just under 6ft tall and aged in his mid to late twenties.
 
Mereway would have been quite busy at this time of the day.

31st August, 2010

WE are appealing for information following a single-vehicle road traffic collision near Sywell on Friday morning (27 August) in which a 45-year-old Wellingborough man was seriously injured.
 
At around 7.10am, on a country road between Sywell and Little Harrowden, a blue Mercedes car was in collision with a tree.
 
The driver was airlifted to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry where his condition was described as critical but stable.
 
Police are appaling for any witnesses, but in particular are trying to trace the occupants of a white Ford Transit-sized flatbed vehicle that stopped at the scene of the collision.
 
31st August, 2010

WE are appealing for information about an assault on a woman who was out jogging in Northampton on Sunday evening (29 August).
 
At some time between 7.20pm and 8pm, the 34-year-old woman was running along Billing Road towards Abington Park, in the vicinity of Northampton School for Boys and St Andrew's Hospital.
 
As she ran along she was assaulted by an offender who made off along Billing Road towards the town centre after being challenged.
 
The offender is described as a white man, aged 20-30, between 5ft 9ins and 5ft 11ins tall and of medium build.
 
He was wearing a black hooded top with white toggles, black shorts whcih went below the knee and white socks and white trainers.

31st August, 2010

WE are appealing for information about suspicious circumstances at a pocket park in Desborough.
 
They relate to an Asian man sitting in the recreation ground in Dunkirk Avenue staring at young girls and making inappropriate comments.
 
One of the occasions when this occurred was between 1.35pm and 4.15pm on Thursday 19 August but it is believed a similar incident occurred either the day before or the day after.

31st August, 2010

A robbery took place in Horseshoe Street, Northampton in the early hours of Sunday 29 August.

Sometime between 1am and 1.40am, an 18 year old man was approached by a group of young men who asked to use his mobile phone.
 
He refused and continued walking, at which point four of the men approached the victim, surrounding him and requested he dial a phone number.
 
The victim did so, at which point he was hit on the head and fell to the floor. The offenders then picked up his phone and made off.
 
One of the offenders was a black man, aged 18 to 20, of slim build and was wearing a blue or purple top, blue jeans, white trainers and flat cap.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

27th August, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a burglary, which occurred at a garage in Oakley Road on between 5.20pm on Thursday 26 August and 7.30am on Friday 27 August.

The offender(s) gained entry into the premises and stole a quantity of cash.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

26th August, 2010

A 16 year old girl was assaulted by a teenage boy in the Weston Mill area of Northampton on Tuesday 24 August.

The incident happened at around 10pm when the girl, who was with a group of friends, was punched in the face by a teenage boy.
 
The girl received a cut lip as a result of the incident.
 
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

23nd August, 2010

A MAN has been arrested in Corby on suspicion of theft after being discovered with two pairs of women's undergarments on his person.
 
The man - aged 49 and from Corby - was arrested at an address in Holyrood Walk after being spotted acting suspiciously in the Greenhill Rise area of the town.
 
Police in Corby would like to hear from anyone who has had items of clothing stolen or experienced other thefts.
 
The man remains in custody in Corby police station.

23rd August, 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an assault, which occurred in Church Lane, Northampton between 1.50am and 3.00am on Saturday 22 August.

A woman was walking home along Sheep Street and onto Church Lane, when she was approached by a male offender who pushed her to the ground.

The woman screamed causing the man to run off along newland towards the bus station.

The offender is described as White male, early 30’s, 6ft tall, medium build, wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up and blue jeans.

23rd August, 2010

Sixty people were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) on Saturday as part of an operation to tackle motorists driving illegally.

As part of the Fatal Four campaign, Special Constables accompanied PC David Lee on the operation to tackle people who were found to be speeding, drink driving, driving without wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while driving.

Five unmarked police cars were used in the operation that focused on the Northampton area between midday and 6pm.

As well as the 60 FPNs being issued, officers seized three vehicles.

During the course of the operation 38 people were issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for not wearing a seatbelt.

PC Lee, from the Operations Tactical Unit, said: “The primary aim of the Fatal Four campaign is to make our roads safer for everyone and this type of operation helps us to reinforce road safety messages.

“Worryingly, 38 people were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt. It is against the law not to wear a seatbelt and something that takes just a few seconds to do can make the difference between life and death.

“We also stopped 14 people for using a mobile phone while driving, something that is not only against the law, but is also something that concerns other motorists.”

During the course of the day, FPNs were issued for the following;

Not wearing a seatbelt – 38
Using a mobile phone while driving – 14
Expired MOT – 2
Number plate offences – 3
No insurance – 1
Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence – 2
Defective tyres – 2
Failing to produce documents – 1
Defective brake lights – 1

Also, three vehicles were seized.

11th August, 2010

Updating yesterday's (Tuesday) Operation Guardian activity, a search warrant on Northampton's east sector in the afternoon uncovered a cannabis factory at an address in Pilton Close, Northampton.

This led to the recovery of 350 cannabis plants from the property and the arrest of two people for suspected drugs offences.

A 24-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy were taken into custody at Weston Favell police station.

The boy has been charged with the cultivation of cannabis and the woman is being questioned later today.

At another property in Pilton Close, the owner voluntarily handed over an air pistol which did not require a licence.

Search warrants for the day totalled 15 with small amounts of drugs and £1,000 in cash being seized.

These warrants have taken the tally to more than 200 being executed during a total of 13 High Impact Days since January.

The mobile police stations were prominent in the priority locations for the day. Other Operation Guardian local teams undertook localised activity supporting the day, with the majority of the priority areas now showing very positive reductions in serious acquisitive crime.

Partner activity for the day included a garage sweep in Daventry for stolen property and litter and graffiti removal in Wellingborough.

The Special Constabulary continued to support with patrols and activity in the evening.

9th August, 2010

Northants Police are appealing for any information about a 14-year-old girl who has been missing from her care home in Wellingborough since Monday 2 August.

Kayleigh Walker was last seen at approximately 1.20pm on Monday by members of staff and is believed to have connections in Northampton, Bedford and Birmingham.

She is described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build with dyed blonde shoulder length hair. She has blue eyes, fair complexion and speaks with a Birmingham accent.

Officers are asking either Kayleigh herself, or anyone with information as to her whereabouts, to contact the police on 03000 111 222.

6th August, 2010

Northamptonshire Police have discovered a cannabis factory at a property in Greatmeadow in Blackthorn yesterday (Aug 5).

Officers from the Weston Favell Safer Community Team seized in excess of 200 mature plants and 160 seedlings along with equipment used for the cultivation of cannabis.

No one was in the property at the time and police would like to hear from anyone who may have information about the
address to contact them.

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