Officers continue regular patrols of Thorplands following shooting earlier this month

Weapons seized by Northamptonshire Police during the stop searches.
Weapons seized by Northamptonshire Police during the stop searches.

Northamptonshire Police officers continue to conduct regular patrols of Thorplands following a shooting earlier this month.

During the weekend officers patrolling the area in Northampton arrested six people for a variety of offences, including burglary, immigration offences, affray and possession of Class B drugs.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting which took place in South Holme Court, on Friday, November 17.

Officers from the Force Proactive Team conducted patrols throughout the weekend which also saw them recover two long screwdrivers, a baseball bat, knife, crossbow and machete.

As well as the Proactive Team, members of the local Neighbourhood Team have been conducting regular patrols in the area, as have officers with off-road bikes. Officers have also been working with schools, businesses and shops to offer reassurance in the last week and used anti-social behaviour dispersal powers to tackle issues in the area.

Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd from Northamptonshire Police said: “This was a serious incident which we have responded to robustly, deploying officers to patrol the area as well as speak to the local community.

“In the immediate aftermath of the incident officers were granted additional powers, allowing them to conduct stop searches without the usual grounds required. We have also used anti-social behaviour dispersal powers in the Thorplands area.

“Officers patrolling the area in the last couple of weeks have recovered numerous weapons, including machetes, knives, a crossbow, baseball bat and long screwdrivers, all of which could cause harm to innocent members of the public.”

Detectives continue to investigate the incident which saw two women, who were passengers in a car which was shot, receive minor injuries. Police also received reports of a group of people carrying knives in the area of South Holme Court, at about 6pm on Friday, November 17.

CI Alexander-Lloyd added: “We are committed to keeping people safe and I hope our response to the incident offers some reassurance to local people that we are taking this matter seriously.

“Anyone with information about the disorder on 17 November, can call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with the shooting was released under investigation pending further enquiries.