Since 2011 there have been area issues with street drinking and the associated behaviour: Drunken / rowdy / violent incidents Public Urination – mainly in the grounds of St Andrews Church The main issues seemed to be in one area, congregating outside two shops on Rockingham Road, and using areas in and around to loiter and drink. Groups would drink in the church grounds, the car park, on Crown Street, and hid in the Crown Street Compound. They would loiter outside the shops, drinking in the street The behaviour was intimidating to local residents, and the litter and filth left for local businesses to clean up impacted on their feelings towards the area. The drinkers were predominantly Eastern European Males.
All Saints Ward The area has a large number of private rented properties and Houses of Multiple Occupancy. This area of Kettering has a high number of letting agencies and private let properties so many residents have small tenures. There is a large Eastern European transient workforce in the county, and this also reflects in Kettering. Both shops on Rockingham Road sell predominately Eastern European food and drink to cater for the large Eastern European community living in All Saints. This therefore creates an ideal situation for them to socialise near to shops selling alcohol and also their friends.
Landlords are often turning a blind eye to illegal HMO’s within their rented properties or live such a distance away that regular contact inst feasible. The culture around social gathering – and the now inability to have anywhere to go – has led groups of people to gather around central locations such as shops, parks, churches, where they can sit after work without returning to small bedsit properties and bed shares. This is a larger issue that we became aware of throughout the LISP work. The Private Sector Housing Tem at the borough council work as hard as they can to tackle these issues, but often say that for every one they detect, another five appear without them knowing.
The whole community was affected. Litter also became a massive issue, with many residents and commercial premises having to clean up every morning without fail, the empty cans and cigarette butts – and as you can imagine, these were the more “pleasant” clean ups.
From the beginning it was realised that this issue was not going to have a straightforward response or solution. There were many factors to consider, including language and culture barriers. The language cards were successful in helping to explain to those persons stopped the reasons for doing so. This enabled positive feedback from most people stopped, as their understanding of the bigger issue increased. We were very aware that it was a small number of repeat and prolific drinkers that were causing most of the issues.
Trading Standards and Alcohol Licensing team were involved into investigations into both shops in regard to selling alcohol to drunks, illegal goods and associated responsibilities that weren’t being met.
Although we have fairly good working relationships within the borough council, I was difficult for partners to try and see the issue as a bigger picture, and not just asking the police to enforce it all the time. The Community Safety Team however, did a great job in assisting us with funding for lamppost signs and stickers, and in getting problematic benches removed.
Working with the church and church wardens, we designed and produced signage to help deter drinkers from the church gardens. The wardens reported positive communication with the drinkers, and reported no abuse or threats towards them. From the beginning we also noticed issues within the stakeholders on Rockingham Road which is full of shops and takeaways, Although all were willing to call in incidents and make reports to police, none felt willing or able enough to engage in a stakeholder group to look at tackling joint issues around the LISP and to get more actively involved. Many of these businesses are privately run, so more incentive would have been needed to get them more involved. Although the local Sikh Temple have good contact within the police, they did not feel they would be able to assist in any local issues for the vicinity as their members were not involved.
We are very much aware that the issue is and will be seasonal. With good weather and holidays approaching, the patrols need to remain in place to ensure that prolific offenders
A Working group originating through a contact at a factory on the industrial estate. To support and establish into a self run community group This would give the area a much needed group of contact within the community, looking to deal with smaller community issues and be able to have contacts within police and council to contact if additional support is needed. To visit industrial estate employers to assist MGWPS (highways) in their Alcohol Awareness Seminars. These were going to be run by a Highways worker, organised through contacts within the already running Telford Estates Working Group. However, just as we were preparing to start, the person running these retired with little notice meaning that Highways could not find a replacement in time. This is still an avenue that could be explored, with partners taking the leading role. Although a failed bid for funding was made to St Andrews church, they did look at another scheme which potentially would mean an “Lunch Club” specifically for impoverished families to attend during the summer holidays. This is mainly ran through school support workers contacting parents directly, but I have asked whether they could consider including local families that might fall under the radar of the schools. Kettering already has a large number of community groups and hobby groups already up and running – we need to utilise these groups and ensure that their messages are being reached by all communities, regardless of language barrier.
Street Watch is an important tool for us. We have been able to engage residents local to the LISP area who were previously uninterested in becoming involved. These residents already have knowledge of the issues that they can share with the other Street Watch members, and those that aren’t familiar will be able to share ideas and thoughts as to how the police and community can move forward. We are hopefully that once the Street Watch is launched, these members will be able to share their experiences with more local residents, with the ultimate aim to have a diverse group including as many local LISP stakeholders as possible.
The data we have already receives focuses on crime trends and patterns and forms one half of the complete profile. Part two will concentrate on incidents, intelligence, public safety and welfare and partnership data/demand for services. So far, I have managed to take the following excerpt from the data which I feel can relate to the LISP area and may assist in further analysis around longer term issues, that need looking at with a partnership approach.
The document makes some very good points in terms of suggestions – including the organising of large scale clear ups, which include a lot of the waste ground within the LISP. It asks for a certain level of responsibility to sit with the borough council in terms of private landlords, renting properties and planning applications for bedsits and multiple occupancy homes. It asks whether hotspots areas or streets could have improved lighting and security, assisted ay county council level. An increase in foot and bicycle patrols utilising local officers and Specials to increase visibility and take a proactive, rather than a reactive approach. Suggestions around recruiting volunteers from the local PA6 area, and investigate skill based training availability through local stakeholders. Finally, the use of crime prevention initiatives throughout the PA6 area – including the LISP area.
All of these suggestions can be linked into the LISP, and past considerations that I have already covered that for various reasons we have not been able to progress. I feel that with the support of the team and district supervisors, and now with the PA6 analysis that cover the LISP area, we can start looking at an improved partnership approach.
Intensive Engagement progress seminar may 2014 summary of presentations
PROGRESS ON LISPING
Slides from an Intensive Engagement LISP seminar
What was the local issue?
• Reports from local residents relating to
drunken / rowdy behaviour started in early
• Included reports of violence, drunk and
rowdy groups, and public urination
• Small hotspots within a residential /
commercial area just off the current DPPO
for Kettering Town Centre
• Crown Street Compound
• St Andrews Church Grounds and car park
• Outside the Polish food shops on
• Those groups stopped by Officers and
PCSO’s were predominately Eastern
and car park all
situated close to
Two Eastern European
Shops had opened early
2011 to cater for need
from local Eastern
•Eastern European Community
predominantly in this area of All
Saints due to high number of HMO’s
(Homes of Multiple Occupancy) and
private rented bedsits
Kettering has three large
industrial estates with a
large number of factories
open 24/7 – appealing to
External Factors – HMO’s
Homes of Multiple Occupancy
•Predominately aimed at transient workforce / cheap housing
•Legal HMO’s are visited every 6 months by Fire Service and Private Sector
Housing at KBC
•Illegal HMO’s are prevalent and are easy money for landlords
•Bed sharing is common among Eastern European shiftworkers – sharing the
cost and working opposite shifts – uncontrollable and often difficult to detect
•Eastern European Culture around social gathering
The whole community was
affected by this behaviour
“ I have been accosted for money and cigarettes. I
“Some of the comments are rude and of a sexual
nature. I wanted to run away”
“I purposely walk on the other side of the street to
“We clear up litter and human waste most days, the
gardens have been vandalised”
Other local businesses were also
“I know that I will have to clear up waste and
vomit on most mornings..”
“My customers don’t want to come here
because of the drunken males
“ We are too scared to go out and ask
them to move on. They are abusive and
The Next Step – Police Enforcement and Partnership Support
• DPPO area increased to include the
additional area on the All Saints –
• An A01 was booked on, to enable the
area to be patrolled as a hotspot by
• Section 27 dispersal notices were
issued to offenders behaving in a
drunk and rowdy manner within the
• Shops were repeatedly visited by
local officers to reiterate
responsibilities at license holders
• Language cards in English / Polish
produced and issued to area officers
to explain stop search, Section 27
powers and requested to disperse.
• Repeat and prolific offenders dealt
with by local PC for drink related
Alcohol Harm Reduction Team
Police Licensing team visits
Crime Prevention Visits
Environmental Visual Audits
(“Walkabouts”) and Rich Picture
involvement by ward councillors and
the KBC Community Safety Team
• Working with KBC, we had the area
cleared and a bench removed that was
popular for the street drinkers.
• We had signage and stickers produced
in seven different languages, placed
around the LISP area to explain the
alcohol free zone.
• Church gardens are open, with
reluctance for them to be locked
at any time
• Accessible from Rockingham
Road and Crown Street
• Church signage in English and
Polish asking for respectful use
of church gardens
• The two Eastern European
shops reluctantly agreed to
display DPPO signs within their
premises to raise awareness
• No involvement from other
stakeholders and shops – but
not through lack of trying!
The Next Step – Community Support
• Reported ASB ( concerning
street drinking )has reduced
• Core complainer has now
been recruited as a police
• Additional Police Volunteer
recruited from Polish
Community to further assist
with understanding cultural
• Residents and workers are
reporting a decrease in
groups loitering and hanging
• The church have not had
recent issues with drink or
• Residents realising increased
reassurance and confidence
through police presence and
• In December 2013, both
shops were requested at a
hearing involving Police,
Licensing and Trading
Standards. Both had their
licences revoked, with one
shop still appealing the
decision and due in court in
• An additional shop has since
been taken over and is under
new management, with
stricter licensing terms
• Improved cohesion between
partners and the community
as a result of the LISP
Additional Considerations – Intensive Engagement
All Saints LISP
• A Working group originating
through business stakeholders at
Telford Way Industrial Estate
(core employer of migrant
workers in Kettering).
• To support and establish into a
self run community group
• To visit industrial estate
employers to assist MGWPS
(highways) in their Alcohol
Awareness Seminars and
incorporate good behaviour
clauses within employment
• A bid was made to the Mothers
Union based at St Andrews
Church (within the LISP) in
regards to the potential to provide
basic English lessons to less
affluent individuals who met
certain criteria. Work in progress
• St Andrews Church is looking into
further engagement with
purposeful translation of posters,
adverts, and group classes, using
a local stakeholder for translation.
• Potential for further development
of groups being ran from the
church targeting impoverished
families on area, including on the
• The development of a Street
Watch Scheme on the All Saints
Ward will work towards a
community centric exit strategy
•Street Watch is due to be launched on All
Saints in June 2014
•We have had good interest, including
residents from the LISP area
•The patrol area includes the LISP area, and
•All members will be briefed in regards to the
ongoing issues on the LISP area
Priority Area 6: Crime Trends and Patterns
•The Priority Area is situated within Kettering
Town and contains geography of 5 wards; All
Saints, Avondale Grange, Northfield, Pipers Hill
and William Knibb
•The LISP area sits in the centre of the PA6 area
•The local population in PA6 is fairly transient with high numbers
of rental properties and a significant shift in the daytime
demographic within the priority area; as a result, it will be
challenging to engage with local residents
•Although the community in PA6 is diverse, there does not
appear to be any significant hate crime issues.
•High levels of environmental deprivation are glaringly apparent
in the area; fly tipping in vacant lots and on the street is very
In 54% of offences, alcohol was
listed as a contributory factor; in a
further 18% of crimes it was
uncertain whether alcohol was
PA6 Interventions to be progressed by Kettering SCT
•Large clear ups or waste ground / fly tipping hotspots
• Landlords / private houses / HMO’s
•Improved lighting and security measures in hotspot streets
•Increase of foot and bicycle patrols over peak times
•Use of Special Constabulary
•Recruit volunteers and Street Watch members from PA6 area
•Investigate possibility of local stakeholders becoming involved in
skill based training for local people
•Crime Prevention involvement
• Seasonal peaks in street drinking and associated
behaviour will occur
• We have expressed concerns over possible
displacement of the drinking and violent
behaviour back towards the homes – potentially
becoming more serious incidents of Domestic
• With the assistance of the PA6, we can analyse
the above concerns more in depth.
• Previous LISP considerations to be researched and progressed, linked
together through the PA6 report
• Business stakeholder group within the LISP / PA6 area linking in with
• Continued work with Street Watch – LISP contacts who might be
interested in joining?
• High vis patrols and visits to remain in place through TIPS ( Targeted
• Continued contact with repeat callers, and ASB victims within the LISP
• Enhanced Multi Agency / Partnership tasking in terms of Intelligence
Enforcement and Prevention
PCSO 7154 Nadia Norman or Insp
Richard Tall at Kettering Sector
Crime levels end 2012.
SAC Levels for Asian Victims in Northampton
20/07/2012 -18/08/2012 (30 day period –
36 Total SAC offences -
2 Theft of vehicles
9 Burglary Dwellings
24 Thefts from Vehicles
The concerns locally were that these trends would
continue throughout 2013.
Intensive Community Engagement.
- Rich Picture Sessions in the local
community in an attempt to find
local solutions and practices to this
- Mosque surgeries. (Presentations
and Crime prevention Leaflet design)
• Establishing Stakeholders (social
• Residents with a “can do” attitude.
• Influential and passionate.
• Genuine self-interest.
• Partnership involvement in the LISP.
( Housing, Wardens, etc)
Six elements of responsibility.
• 1. Lowering the hedges.
• 2. Secure side gating.
• 3. Secure lighting.
• 4. Secure doors.
• 5. Secure windows.
• 6. House alarm. (NSI Approved).
INCENTIVE – SMARTWATER.
Understanding the current needs of the force.
• The whole idea is to get residents to
take ownership of an issue in a time
where we do not necessarily have an
abundance of staff and financial
• Improves confidence in policing.
• Reassurance provided to the local residents.
• Area appears aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
• “ Critical mass of activity”.
• Crime visibly reduced. Asian Gold 78% and other
SAC related offences 16% since the start of the
• Other local residents adhering to the six elements
• Street watch scheme.
• C7158 Sereno. C7173 Emberton.
PCSO James Herbert
Islington Road, Towcester
ASB and Perceptions
Reason for LISP, a
number of incidents
• Alcohol & drug use
• Congregations of
large youth groups
• Noise effecting local
businesses and groups
• Perceptions around
ASB from locals
Location – Islington Road, Towcester
Riverside Centre Community
Centre / Vision
3 Stakeholder meetings (Dec-Feb).
Equal involvement with all Stakeholders agreeing to take away
the following actions:
• CCTV / Lighting
• Clean up of the area
• Youth activities
• Active patrolling of area
• Rich picturing with the young peoples
• Interaction with residents
Working with stakeholders
Rich Picturing – worked with young
people 12-15 years at Vision Youth
They were tasked with designing a
picture of the area and look at the
issues in more detail, and what can
be done to prevent this.
Some of the issues that were
• Drugs & Alcohol
• Young people provision
• Dog fouling
Interactions with the general
public and users of the Riverside
Centre via door knocking,
speaking with local residents
and leaflet dropping.
Op Fed-up Campaign / Interactions
• No issues from a lot of locals,
as not affected by the issues at
the other end of Islington Road
• Riverside users are main
perception of ASB is very
different from the majority.
Outcome of the LISP
Outcome of the LISP
• ASB dropped, no reports since 13 March
• CCTV installed, better quality for evidential purposes
• Increased lighting
• Anti-vandal paint used in the area youths were congregating
• Barriers were installed to prevent vehicles entering at speed
• Enhanced youth activities – Youth Activators and Service Six
• Education around perception of ASB to users of the Riverside
• Local intel has been more forthcoming around any drug
Continue supporting the Stakeholder group by holding regular
meetings throughout the year to maintain the work done by this
HO Group HO Classification CountCrime
BURGLARY DWELLING ATTEMPTED BURGLARY IN A DWELLING 4
BURGLARY DWELLING BURGLARY IN A DWELLING 5
BURGLARY IN A BUILDING (NOT
CRIMINAL DAMAGE CRIM DAMAGE TO DWELLINGS 1
CRIMINAL DAMAGE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO VEHS 6
OTHER OFFENCES ROWDY/INCONSIDERATE BEHAVIOUR 20
The results indicate the
amount of crime that
occurred over a two year
period. Nearly all those
burglaries occurred in the
last 6 months of 2013.
Spencer Haven is essentially,
a geographical cluster of
Sheltered Housing, where
vulnerable people live. This
includes the elderly, hard of
hearing or deaf, people with
learning difficulties or mental
health problems. Some of
these residents are house
bound or suffer with dementia/
Alzheimer’s. Some of these
have fallen victim to those
Their issues How we saw the problem
Putting the mind maps next to each other there were some clear similarities, which helped us to see how we
might be able to tackle not only the crime aspect that had hit the location, but some of the issues raised around
communication as well.
Before the multi agency work After
By cutting back the bushes trimming the tree’s provided better visibility,
a sense of belonging
After a consultation with the deaf community these cards were designed, and over
2000 have been distributed. From the same consultation training on dealing with the
Deaf, Autism and those with speak impediments, was requested to be included.
Training has since been provided on best practise on communication and
Understanding, which was provided by the charities themselves, in what is known as
To improve security each home was provided with some
security devices, which were provide by all stakeholders.
Such as sticker, leaflets, door and window alarms, door
chains and mirrors, purse bells, key safes, and better
security front and rear doors, repaired garden fencing and
Smartwater. These measures were welcomed
as some had been victims more than once.