No charges after mass brawl in Northampton and investigation closed after ‘lack of CCTV and victim co-operation’

Scene of the mass brawl in Bridge Street, Northampton
Scene of the mass brawl in Bridge Street, Northampton

No one has been charged in connection with a mass brawl in Northampton town centre in which eight people were stabbed and the investigation has been concluded, a Northamptonshire Police detective said.

Eight people were injured by a Stanley knife during a brawl in Bridge Street in the early hours of December 12, described as a ‘mini-riot’ by eye-witnesses.

However, seven months later investigating officer Detective Constable Julian Husbands from Northampton CID, said the police had not been able to charge anyone in connection with the incident.

Mr Husbands said:: “A thorough and detailed investigation has taken place into this incident, during which a number of people received serious injuries.

“However, due to minimal co-operation from the victims and those people who were in Bridge Street that night, combined with none of the incidents being captured on CCTV, and very little DNA evidence, means we are left without enough evidence to pursue a prosecution.

“This has been a frustrating investigation because we want to find those people responsible and put them before a court.

“I would still appeal for anyone who may have any information about this incident to come forward. You can either contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous form at”