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Crime is an unfortunate part of village life.  Neighbourhood Watch is all about reducing crime and reducing opportunities for criminals.  Holcot has a successful Watch, which works due to the cooperation existing between the residents and the Police.

Most crime is carried out by opportunist criminals.  Even taking basic security precautions and removing the opportunities will have a noticeable effect.

We cannot be expected to intervene if you see something suspicious – we are not the Police.  Make a note and pass on the information (for example a strange vehicle parked in the village, bogus callers, or a stranger behaving in a suspicious way).

If you have to look twice, report it!

To contact the Police –

Dial 999 for Crime in progress

Dial 101, or 03000 111 222 for other crime or suspicious event, or to contact specific local officers

Dial 0345 2307 702 for Doorstep Action Group: to report unexpected or suspicious cold callers

Dial 0800 555111 for Crime stoppers (if you have information but wish to remain anonymous)

Email – via the website, or to Daventry Rural Safer Community Team on

If you require additional help, or to discuss any related Police matter, contact the Parish Council/Police Liaison:  Kathryn Buckle  Tel: 07814 531836.

As always, you are asked to keep a lookout for anything you think unusual to your area, be it a person or vehicle acting suspiciously or even strangers knocking at the door asking questions. Please report your concerns immediately to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or, anonymously, to Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 – it is helpful if you also notify the Holcot NHW coordinator, Bill Coles  Tel: (01604) 781971.


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Police notice : seasonal thefts 22 September

Dear Stakeholder

Northamptonshire has in the past five years experienced an increase in theft offences across the county at this time of year, with last year being particularly high.

To this end, Northamptonshire Police will be running a force-wide operation between 25 September to the 30 November focussing on theft offences which cause the most harm to victims such as dwelling burglary, non-dwelling and theft from motor vehicle. 

There will be dedicated patrols in place over this period.  We will be looking at engaging with communities around crime prevention advice and intelligence gathering.  There will be media coverage around this campaign during this period.

If you could share this information with your immediate contacts that would be appreciated

If you have anything to report around suspicious activity or something you have witnessed please call 101 or in an emergency call 999.

Kind regards

Kev Byrne

Police notice :  new model 22 September

Police notice : Household safety and security routines 22 September

Rob Stevens (Police, PC1368, Wellingborough)
Even if the house is occupied the front and back doors should be locked Check doors are definitely locked and keys away from anywhere obvious
Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ
If you leave a room, simply remember to pull any windows shut and lock them Leave timer switches on lamps from early evening until bedtime. Some people prefer leaving a landing light on overnight
Remove any loose tools from within the garden areas If you hear a noise downstairs and are

quite certain it’s a burglar, dial 999

Set your burglar alarm every time you leave the property, even if you are just popping out If you have an alarm that can
be part activated downstairs,
use it!
Use your spy hole before answering the door. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door! Take a cordless or mobile phone with you to bed in case of emergencies
Don’t leave cooking unattended Switch off and unplug things that don’t need to be left in
Try to make the home looked lived in, even when you are out Shut internal doors


Avoid leaving matches and lighters within easy reach of children. Ensure smoking materials are not still burning and ashtrays are emptied.

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14 September 2017 – New Policing Model – Letter and information booklet from the PCC and Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable have announced details of the significant changes to policing to commence on 30 October in this letter and this information booklet.

Letter from PCC and CC

Information booklet

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Officers are currently dealing with an incident outside a Northampton entertainment complex.

Police were called to Sol Central, in Mare Fair, at 6.26pm today, Saturday, July 20, to reports of a number of men fighting.

One man was taken to hospital with knife wounds to his arms. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A police presence will remain at the scene as investigations into the incident continue and Sol Central has been temporarily closed as a result.

Some traffic disruption is also likely and people are advised to avoid the area for the next few hours.

Anyone who saw what happened or has information about the incident should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, stating incident 444 of July 20, 2019.
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Northamptonshire is an exciting and diverse county and policing it, is no easy task. It takes a whole lot of people, from all walks of life, with a wide range of skills and experiences to make it happen. Have you got what it takes to be one of them?

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🚨Did you watch Northamptonshire Police feature in four episodes of 999: What’s Your Emergency? 🚨

The episodes focused on the fantastic work of our officers and control room staff, who all work to make Northamptonshire a safer place for the community.

If you think you have what it takes, our Force Control Room are currently recruiting people like you to join the team to make a difference in Northamptonshire.

Ready to find out more? Visit our website and apply today:
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How would you police Northamptonshire if you had the chance?

Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) and Northamptonshire Police want to hear your views on how you think police resources should be allocated across the county.

We want to hear from you on the things that matter to you the most. What decisions would you make if you had control over policing in your area? Are there things that you would do differently? This simulator lets you have your say on how you think the police's resources should be allocated.

The results of the survey will then be used to inform how Northamptonshire is policed in the future.

Take part now and tell us how you would decide
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A sexual predator who deliberately sought out vulnerable women has been jailed for 11 years for rape.

Obi Forgive, aged 28, met his 19-year-old victim in a #Corby nightclub on New Year’s Eve, before leading her away and attacking her in Chapel Lane in the early hours of January 1.

At his sentencing hearing today, July 19, Northampton Crown Court heard Forgive was preoccupied with rape, having watched violent pornography before going out that night.

Sentencing, Recorder David Herbert QC said: “I’m satisfied that you went out and looked for females affected by alcohol who would be vulnerable to your advances.

“The victim would have been wholly unable to resist you and what you were doing to her.”

He said Forgive had caused the victim ‘profound’ physical and psychological harm, with his crime aggravated by its element of abduction, and prolonged nature - possibly lasting up to 50 minutes before Forgive left the scene - with another 90 minutes passing before she was able to seek help.

Forgive’s attempts at concealing evidence of his actions by changing his clothes before he returned to local clubs to look for other women, was also highlighted.

A pre-sentence report concluded that Forgive, of Methuen Road, Belvedere, London, posed a significant risk to women.

Recorder Herbert added: “You are a sexual predator with a particular interest in taking advantage of vulnerable, drunk or unconscious women.”

As a result, Forgive, who was convicted after a trial last month in which he showed no remorse, was given an extended sentence, imposed on those judged to be dangerous sexual or violent offenders.

He was ordered to serve 11 years in prison, and a further five on licence, and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Forgive, who was born in Nigeria and had overstayed his UK visa, will be deported upon his release.

Detective Inspector Tim Britton, of Kettering CID, said: “I welcome this sentence, which rightly reflects the serious and deeply worrying nature of Forgive’s predatory actions.

“The after-effects on the victim have been considerable and I commend her for her courage and dignity throughout the process of ensuring justice was done.

“I’d also like to thank the Corby community for their support during our investigation, in particular the information we received from a member of door staff who saw our witness appeal and acted on their concerns about Forgive’s behaviour, which helped ensure his arrest.

“I hope the outcome of this case affords some measure of justice and comfort to the victim, and it also reinforces the message that sexual violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Northamptonshire Police.

“Everyone has the right to enjoy themselves on a night out without fear of someone taking advantage, and this sentencing shows those who commit sexual violence will be pursued to the full extent of the law.”

At the request of the victim, Northamptonshire Police is not releasing Forgive’s custody image.
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Northamptonshire Police and Trading Standards colleagues are distributing advice leaflets to food outlets and shoppers as an investigation into illegal sheep butchery continues.

Operation Stock is investigating a number of incidents of illegal slaughter and butchery of sheep and lambs across the county this month.

The possibility that stolen meat could end up in the human food chain has led to concerns around animal welfare and food hygiene, with people advised against buying cheap meat in suspicious circumstances.

Anyone with information about the sale of meat in suspicious circumstances, or the incidents of illegal butchery, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress, quoting Operation Stock.

Why illegal butchery of animals raises concerns:

* Animal welfare – being slaughtered in the field outside of an approved slaughterhouse means that welfare in relation to handling and stunning is clearly ignored
* The person killing the animals is highly unlikely to be a licensed slaughter man
* There are processes and procedures followed in a slaughterhouse to ensure that animals are cleaned before they are slaughtered and bacteria such as salmonella or E. Coli do not contaminate the meat
* The controls for preventing the meat from becoming contaminated by specified risk material e.g. brain or spleen, banned after the CJD outbreak will not have been followed,
* The animals will have been slaughtered without confirmation of the food chain status – this means they may have received medical treatment and be within a drug withdrawal period when slaughtered
* The meat will not have undergone a meat hygiene inspection and so the animals may have had undetected illnesses when they were killed
* The meat will not be labelled or traceable as is required

Contact Trading Standards via the Citizens’ Advice consumer helpline, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 03454 04 05 06, or online at*
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Police officers are appealing to two people who witnessed a suspicious incident to get in touch with them.

The incident happened at about 7pm on Friday, July 5, when a man and a woman known to each other were sitting in a black car in St Crispin Drive and an altercation took place.

During the incident, the man got out of the car, took a child out of the back, and made to walk away, before returning to the car.

At the time of the incident, two pedestrians were walking along the path on the other side of the road and would have witnessed what happened.

Officers are now appealing for those two witnesses to get in touch with them and let them know what they saw.

The two witnesses or anyone who might have information about the incident, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Incident number: 19000355482
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Police officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the A361 are appealing for dash cam footage of the area from Monday, July 1, to Tuesday, July 16.

The incident happened outside Daventry just after 12pm on Tuesday, July 16, when a man cycling towards Daventry along Ashby Road was in collision with an LGV. He suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

Police officers are now appealing for anyone who uses that stretch of road regularly and may have dash cam footage of the A361 heading into Daventry from Monday, July 1, to Tuesday, July 16, to get in touch.

Anyone with footage is asked to please call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

Incident number: 222 of 16/07/19
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We're appealing for the public’s help to find a missing 14-year-old boy.

Joshua Lake, of Northampton, was last seen yesterday, Thursday, July 18, when he was wearing a khaki tracksuit.

He is described as white, approximately 5ft, of slim build, and has brown hair.

Anyone who has seen Joshua or has information about where he is should call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Reference: MPN4/2251/19
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