31 October 2017
The winners of a pumpkin carving competition at Hemmingwell community centre

​Three talented pumpkin carvers won a fire service goodie bag at a Halloween themed half-term club.

Adam McFarlane, 11, Harley Barnett, four, and Freddie Thomson, three, created their winning designs at Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre in Nest Farm Crescent, Wellingborough, last week.

The competition was part of Operation Restore, an ongoing project to tackle issues including arson and anti-social behaviour on the Hemmingwell estate run by the Arson Task Force.

In the run up to the Halloween and bonfire period, Operation Restore also saw fire safety advice given to school children in the area and a poster competition held.

Recent activity has included a second round of door-to-door visits on the estate, with members of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) calling on residents to deliver fire safety advice, and offer home fire safety checks.

Supported by volunteers from a range of other bodies including the Borough Council of Wellingborough, the visits also promoted Crimestoppers as an anonymous reporting channel and conducted a survey to seek residents’ thoughts on where they live.

Other work has included educational drama presentations in local secondary schools, and NFRS crews have also spent time on the estate to identify and report potential fire hazards so they can be swiftly removed by the council.