Revealed: The 10 worst places in Northampton for anti-social behaviour

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A list of Northampton’s top 10 hotspots for anti social behaviour has been published, which includes Abington, St James and Delapre.

Between them, the wards accounted for 10, 320 reports to police about issues from drug dealing to flytipping in a year.

The figures aim to shed light on the level of anti-social behaviour in the town – which has fallen by nine per cent since 2012 – and suggest where to focus council and police efforts.

Of the hotspots, Castle ward saw most police complaints (2, 636), followed by St Crispin (2,079). At the other end of the scale were Eastfield(626) and Abington (665), which includes part of Wellingborough Road and Kettering Road.

Councillor Danielle Stone (Labour), who represents the densely-populated Castle Ward said: “It’s quite turbulent here, with a lot of comings and goings and a lot of private landlords.

“It means people don’t necessarily have a commitment to the area.”

Councillor Stone also said that rowdy drunkenness and litter were big problems .

She said: “All our shops here sell very, very cheap booze, which doesn’t help.

“Also, we have lots of fast food outlets, which is fine but they take no responsibility for the rubbish dropped by their customers , and I think they should.”

Litter or rubbish was the issue most complained about followed by vandalism.

Elsewhere, noise complaints - one of the few categories to see an increase in the last two years – saw 449 fixed penalty notices given out over a 12 month period. Four in ten of the noise complaints were over loud music.

However, Northampton was one of only two areas in the county to see an increase in respondents saying the police and their local council are dealing with issues in their area.

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community safety, said: “We hope the report will give us recommendations to further reduce anti-social behaviour.”

Anti-social behaviour complaints (and percentage change in last 12 months)

1. Castle 2636 (-4.9%)

2. St Crispin 2079 (-1.5%)

3. Lumbertubs 864 (-11.9%)

4. Delapre 732 (+6.4%)

5. St James 707 (+4.3%)

6. Kingsley 701 (+4.9%)

7. Spencer 683 (-15.6%)

8. Abington 665 (-4.9%)

9. St Davids 627 (-5.2%)

10. Eastfield 626 (+2.6%)

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