Police to target ‘problem area’

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A DAY of action in one of Daventry’s anti-social behaviour hotspots aims to address concerns from local residents and stamp out litter in the area.

On December 13 Northamptonshire Police will be at Wimborne Place with their mobile police unit to speak to residents about some of their concerns.

Complaints about the area have been made to the Daventry Joint Action Group and articles have been run in the Daventry Express about glass shards littering the playing field adjacent to Ashby Fields Primary School.

Resident Tim Willis, whose Jack Russell Sapphire cut her foot on a shard of glass on the field in July, welcomed the action day.

He said: “It’s good they are going to speak to other residents as it may help them realise the problem they have down there.”

Headteacher at Ashby Fields School Neil Balliston also welcomed the news.

He said: “I think the day of action is an excellent idea that will enable the community to work together to hopefully solve a problem.

“The litter and glass remain an issue and prevent children from using this area safely as well as making it look extremely unattractive.

“My hopes remain that we have an area that is safe, appealing and is possibly developed with more equipment in the future.”

The action day will be organised by the Daventry and District and Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and attended by police and Enterprise.

Ian Vincent, Chair of the partnership said: “Wimborne Place has been flagged up due to incidents of anti-social behaviour and problems with littering and broken glass.

“The police will be attending to give information and advice, while new bins will be installed and the area will be tidied up, which will hopefully encourage people using the area to help keep it clean and tidy.”

The police will be at Wimborne Place between 1.30pm and 6pm on Thursday, December 13.