Youth gang antics will be exposed by clean up

Volunteers will tidy the problem spot
Volunteers will tidy the problem spot

Gangs of youths who smoke, drink and drop litter by a primary school will be exposed next week.

Police patrols have been increased but they continue to hide behind bushes by 
Silverstone Brook in Towcester.

The area backs on to Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School, several homes and a walkthrough used by young families.

So a clean up operation will take place next week, which includes cutting back hedges to make the hideout less hidden from view.

The spot, between Springfields and Buckingham Way, will also be cleared of litter and the option of installing CCTV will be explored.

Police community support officer James Herbert, from the Towcester Safer Community Team, said: “We believe that cutting back some of the bushes and trees will open the area up, making it harder for people to hide away from public view.”

Wednesday’s ‘day of action’ will be carried out by volunteers, organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership.

At the same time, the safer community team will be at the leisure centre, asking people what other priorities should be.

Rosie Herring, portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “We are fortunate enough to live in an area with very low 

“And while we do not wish to deprive young people of access to outside spaces, it is however good to be vigilant and to listen to residents’ concerns.

“As a result this day of action will take place to help improve the area for everyone to enjoy.”