Northamptonshire Police

Praise for town's 'sensible approach' to reopening of businesses

The Old White Hart in Far Cotton

A "huge thank you" is being shared to people in a town for being "sensible" as pubs and restaurants reopened at the weekend.

Northampton Borough Council said it worked closely with the police, and the town centre's BID business group, to make sure everyone was complying with government guidance.

Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: "We’re so pleased that everyone, businesses and residents alike, took a sensible approach to the reopening.

"It’s extremely important that we get our local economy fully up and running again, though in doing so we need to make sure we don’t contribute to a second surge of coronavirus."

Hairdressers needed to 'cut out' domestic abuse

On Saturday it was once again legal to go and have you haircut at a hairdresser's.

So as clients return Northamptonshire Police is asking hairdressers to look out for signs of domestic abuse and to help anyone who may have lived with an abuser during lockdown.

The force wants to raise awareness and train salon professionals to recognise the warning signs and safely refer clients to organisations that can help them.

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Police dog receives facial injuries after being kicked

A police dog is "recovering well" after receiving facial injuries after being kicked at while assisting officers in an arrest.

Northamptonshire Police said Nala showed "incredible bravery" having racing after two men who ran away from police by the junction 16 (Watford Gap) of the M1.

Insp Andy Hall said she was resting and "being given the best care there is".

“As a result of her and her colleagues’ bravery, four suspects were detained and remain in police custody at this time," he said.

“Our police dogs are not just assets to us – they are fellow officers, colleagues and friends.

"It is a stark reminder of the danger our dogs and our officers face every day in the line of duty."

PD Nala
Northamptonshire Police

Unused riot shields to be turned into hospital screens

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

Police riot shields that have been gathering dust in a police cupboard unused for nearly 20 years have been given to the NHS so they can be turned into plastic screens.

Police with old police shields
Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police said it bought 30 Armadillo shields in 2002, to provide police support if requested by HM Prison Service.

They were never used and have just been discovered after a recent audit.

The shields, along with 20 others, will be used to create plastic screens in the reception and clinical areas of Northampton and Kettering hospitals, Corby Urgent Care Centre and other community outpatient clinics.

Insp Steve Freeman said: "As we do not use full-length static shields for public order training, they were placed in storage.

"With clear plastic material in such high demand, we didn’t want to just throw them away."

Police plea for social distancing as bank holiday approaches

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

Ahead of another bank holiday weekend, Northamptonshire Police is urging people not to become complacent when leaving home while there's still a risk from coronavirus.

Nick Adderley

Chief Constable Nick Adderley said the force was expecting a busy weekend and "extra patrols" would be out.

"We're working with partners to make sure car parks are open where that's appropriate to make sure we don't have all those traffic issues and hazards, but the message again is really clear," he said.

"We want you to get out there and enjoy our beautiful county and enjoy the weather while it lasts but please, for the benefit of you and your family, do not take [the virus] back to your home, make sure you observe that social distancing."

Police trying to 'understand' new lockdown measures - chief constable

The easing of some of the lockdown restrictions in England has created new challenges for police forces.

The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Nick Adderley, says the message he wants to get across is to educate people about social distancing.

He says more officers have been seen on the streets but with the relaxing of measures "drug lines will now start to reopen" and "the roads are really busy again".

Chief Constable Nick Adderley

"The government has put messages out that we are trying to understand and decipher," he said.

"This is about engaging with the public and making sure they understand fully the implications of their actions."