A 29-year-old man has been arrested after a spate of burglaries in Towcester.
Tristan Walsh, aged 29, was arrested yesterday, Thursday and has since been charged with burglary offences, in connection with incidents in Towcester town centre. He has been remanded into custody.
News of the arrest came after a Towcester trader gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for CCTV and a better police presence following the surge in burglaries.
Today, Friday, July 5, police officers visited town centre businesses to share news of the arrest and to offer them reassurance.
Since January 2013 there have been 151 non-domestic burglaries across the district.
Sergeant Mark Holland, said: “I want to reassure the community that we make every effort to reduce crime and identify those responsible.
“Just recently two offenders were arrested from the Thames Valley area on suspicion of committing 28 offences across four counties.
“We also arrested a man on suspicion of burglary recently in South Northants.
He added: “We work closely with the rural crime team and neighbouring forces to patrol any vulnerable areas. We welcome feedback from the communities so that we can work with them to improve the quality of life for residents in the area.
“South Northants remains a safe place to live and work.”
Adam Hunter of Cat 5 Communications gathered more than 400 signatures from Towcester traders and residents after several break-ins at the White Horse Yard mobile communications shop.
After hearing of others around the same time he canvassed other business to find the extent of the problem.
Mr Hunter said: “It just seems no business is safe. But it’s not just break-ins, there have been assaults in the town centre where there are no witnesses and no CCTV and insufficient evidence to prosecute.”
Mr Hunter said Cat 5 Communications set up in Towcester in 2009 and, while there was the odd break-in, there has been a sudden rise this year. He fears unless action is taken traders may decide to leave the town.
Gary Mills, owner of the Mulberry Tree, said they have been broken into twice in as many weeks.
He added: “It has fallen on traders to get something going. I was shocked when I found out the scale of the problem. And it took someone like Adam to come around and spread the word about the number of break-ins.
“It’s pretty shocking.”