Traders to meet police over town burglaries

Towcester high street
Towcester high street

Towcester mayor Jim Lynch is to chair a meeting between traders and police following a spate of shop break-ins.

High on the agenda will be CCTV but the mayor has warned there may be no quick fixes.

Last week the Advertiser reported a petition signed by hundreds of businessmen and residents calling for CCTV and a better police presence following a spike in break-ins.

Adam Hunter of Cat Communications said if nothing was done traders could choose to leave the town.

On Monday Towcester Town Council discussed the upcoming meeting and members recalled investigating CCTV 10 years ago.

Mr Lynch said: “Although the cameras are relatively inexpensive, linking them real time to the police becomes prohibitively expensive because there is a charge for them to be monitored which is very high.

“I don’t think there’s enough money in the town to merit it.

“The other thing of course is being a small market town the chances are if we did go to the expense of linking the system to the police we might have the situation where there was an incident but we find Towcester police have been deployed to Wellingborough or Northampton, which admittedly could be more important work.”

After going to press last week Northants Police revealed they had arrested a man in connection with the break-ins.

Tristan Walsh, 29, was arrested on July 4, and has since been charged with burglary offences in connection with incidents in Towcester town centre. He has been remanded into custody.

On Friday, police officers visited town centre businesses to share news of the arrest and to offer them reassurance.

Towcester’s sergeant Mark Holland, said: “The safer community team in south Northants work hard to ensure communities are safe and those committing crime are brought to justice.

“Since January 2013, there have been 151 non-dwelling burglaries across south Northants which also covers Towcester and Brackley.

“I want to reassure the community 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.

“We work closely with the rural crime team and neighbouring forces to patrol any vulnerable areas.

“We welcome feedback from communities so we can work with them to improve the quality of life for residents in the area.”