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Pioneering unit to prevent criminals slipping through the net

Patrolling the borders of Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A specialist unit has been set up to patrol both sides of Northamptonshire's borders in an attempt to cut rural crime and deter criminals from coming to the county.

The unit will involve officers from neighbouring forces like Cambridgeshire to tackle criminals who think they can slip through the net by jumping across the border.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The specialist cross-border officers will also have access to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to allow them to spot known criminals as they drive into Northamptonshire.

"In the past criminality moves across borders policing often and partners often stopped at the border and this is about we're moving that border as an issue so we actually work as a multi-force partnership in terms of preventing and detecting crime as well."

– Supt Andy Cox, Northamptonshire Police

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Two arrested following dog attack

Two men have been arrested after three dogs under their control attacked a 69-year-old woman and her dog in Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Location of attack in Towcester, Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It happened in Baden Powell Crescent, Towcester, at about 6pm on Saturday.

The three dogs, believed to be Staffordshire bull terrier style breeds, attacked the woman’s bichon frise dog. The woman tried to separate the dogs and sustained minor injuries to her chin and hand.

The three dogs belonging to the men have been seized by police.

The two men, aged 34 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of ABH and owning a dangerously out of control dog.

Witnesses or anyone with more information can call Northamptonshire on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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