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Police cut anti-social behaviour in Kettering area

A police scheme has cut anti-social behaviour in and around Kettering in Northamptonshire, it is claimed.

The operation, which started in July, includes a dedicated patrol car to respond specifically to incidents of anti-social behaviour.

It has been staffed by police officers and Police Community Support Officers.

In June there were 370 incidents of anti-social behaviour in the Kettering and Rothwell area, compared with 316 in September, a 14.6% drop, police said.

'Identified hot spots'

The initiative incorporates a variety of tactics to prevent and reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour.

These include the use of body-worn cameras to record incidents and behaviour that can be used as evidence, visits to surrounding properties as well as the person reporting an incident, and information leaflets distributed in key locations.

Supt Mark Evans, of Northamptonshire Police, who is leading the operation, said: "Officers have completed more than 6,000 hours of dedicated patrols, response times have improved and we have taken early, positive action with offenders.

"As a result, we have seen a significant reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents."

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