Town best at tackling yobs

ANTISOCIAL behaviour in the Daventry area has dropped by more than a third in a year.

Figures released by Northamptonshire Police show the district had 599 fewer reported incidents for April 1 to last week compared to the same 16-week period in 2010.

That equates to a decrease of 36.1 per cent.

Inspector Julia Potts at Daventry said: “We have dedicated extra patrols in and around areas that people have told us they are concerned about and where we have repeated reports of antisocial behaviour.

“In addition to focusing on these specific locations, we react and respond to incidents in both the town and rural areas, as and when they occur.”

The police figures show Daventry district has seen the largest drop in reports of anti-social behaviour and is well above the countywide average of a 21.7 decrease (3,612 fewer incidents).

The force lead for anti-social behaviour territorial Superintendent Gideon Springer said: “These latest figures demonstrate the effectiveness of strategies we have put in place.

“The subject is complex and diverse and we have found that combining countywide policing approaches with tailored and locally focused initiatives enables us to deal with the specific issues raised.

“We’re certainly not targeting young people per se as anyone can both cause, and be affected by, antisocial behaviour, but we have been delivering interactive presentations into schools across the county in the run up to the holidays.

“Our message is that we’re not here to stop anyone having fun – but when it affects other people in a negative way, it’s time to stop and think.”