Crime and Policing in Kettering

By Anne Lee on November 6, 2018

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The new Chief Constable of Northants police is called Nick Adderley. I heard him speak in Wootton Hall, Northampton a couple of weeks back, at a meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold. The Chief Constable explained that 87% of 999 calls are answered within 10 seconds in Northamptonshire. On the flip-side, calls to the general 101 number can take a great deal longer to answer.

In Pipers Hill Ward, we are very lucky to have PCSO Babs Loveday, who knows the ward inside out and who has a great rapport with the residents, especially teenagers.
Chief Constable Adderley explained that there are tough times ahead, as the money of ‘statutory partners’ dries up. This is yet another public service badly undermined by years of austerity.

Neighbourhood Watch in Kettering is going from strength to strength, as communities come together to try and support each other against crime. As a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, I pass on alerts about scams and rogue traders, bicycle marking sessions and police surgery hours. Let me know if you would like to be added to the email circulation list. I can be contacted by e-mail at

Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.

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