Police concern at G4S home plan for Wellingborough

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Police were called to 200 incidents at G4S children's homes in Northamptonshire last year, officers say in a report raising concerns about a new home planned for Wellingborough.

G4S has applied to the borough council to allow a home in Hatton Avenue to be used to house up to five girls and boys aged from 10 to 17 with two carers.

Northamptonshire Police said that a new home would add to its workload.

G4S said: "We cannot comment on planning applications."

The police report said: "Police officers have spent at least 90 hours dealing with initial reports of absent/missing persons with the Northamptonshire G4S homes.

"Should the local authority be minded to grant permission for this proposal Northamptonshire Police will need a robust management plan from the applicant, setting out policies and procedures for minimising crime and disorder, dealing with disruptive children/young people within their care and the policy related to missing persons."

The plans have also received more than 100 objections with residents expressing concern that the home would attract an "excessive number of police visits" and bring increased traffic to the street.

G4S said in a report to the council that it is a "recognised quality provider within children's services".

The plans will be considered by Wellingborough Borough Council's planning committee later on in the year.

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