The highs and lows of policing Daventry in 2011

POLICE have hailed a successful year with a number of highlights over the past 12 months.

Among the most high profile incidents were raids on two cannabis factories in Daventry, the first at the St James Social Club in March and the other at Danetre Drive in September.

Sergeant Sam Dobbs from the Daventry Safer Community Team, said: “The factory at Danetre Drive came following reports from concerned local residents. We attended the locality and discovered a beautifully set-up cannabis factory. The address was raided and a large quantity of cannabis was recovered and destroyed.

“We received a large number of letters of praise from local people who appreciated the firm but sensitive way in which the 24-hour operation was policed.”

Police have also had to respond to national problems when following the riots around the country in August.

Sgt Dobbs said: “Daventry officers were deployed around the country and to Northampton in either riot response or public reassurance roles.

“We made our faces known to the local traders who were glad of our presence and the lack of any repeats of the troubles in other parts of the country.”

Police also launched one of their biggest operations in the year, Operation Redress, following a mob attack on the Southbrook estate involving about 30 to 40 youths. The incident saw two assaults and one resident had his door kicked in.

The police have also highlighted the work in the wider community as one of the best things in the year. This included an alcohol summit held in April when local off licences and young people were asked about solutions to the problems of underage drinking.

There was also the Prince’s Trust award which saw a number of youngsters gaining skills to help them get back into work or education.

Sgt Dobbs said: “This was a scheme which progressed throughout the year and a number of local youngsters graduated from the scheme in December – a real achievement for Daventry.

“We worked, and continue to work, closely with the Trust and need to ensure that the next two courses are well-subscribed.”

However, it has not been good results all round for policing. Police will not be able to take any further action against the people who threw a petrol bomb into Danetre School playground in May.

Sgt Dobbs said: “This was probably one of the lowlights of the year. Due to the problems with forensics (the evidence burned when the petrol bomb exploded), despite the fact that we arrested the right people, there was insufficient evidence for a prosecution.

“This was a very frustrating job for officers in calming community concerns while dealing with the offenders.”