Halloween and Bonfire Night theme for day of action in Daventry

18 October 2018
carved face on pumpkin

A day of community action with a Halloween and Bonfire Night theme has been organised as part of an ongoing campaign to tackle arson and anti-social behaviour in the Daventry area.

The day, which forms part of Operation Unite, will take place on October 25 (midday to 3pm) in The Grange estate, with activities focused around Tamar Square. Entry is free.

People are welcome along to take part in activities which include apple bobbing and spooky face painting for children.

Pumpkin carving

Visitors are also invited to bring along a carved pumpkin, to be in with the chance of winning a prize in the pumpkin carving competition.

The day will include a community litter pick, which will take place around The Grange. Organisers will also use activities as an opportunity to distribute important safety advice for Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The event is the latest stage of Operation Unite, a campaign to tackle arson and anti-social behaviour issues in and around Daventry Town Centre. It was launched almost a year ago by the Arson Task Force, a joint initiative between Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The project is run in conjunction with the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, with members including Neighbourhood Watch, Daventry District Council and Daventry Town Council.

Andy Evans, of the Arson Task Force, said: “These days are a brilliant opportunity  not only to hold a fun event for families to enjoy, but to also share really important safety advice to do with fire safety at Halloween and on Bonfire Night, as well as on the subject of preventing arson.

“Piles of accumulated rubbish outside people’s homes can pose an arson risk so, as well as organising a community a litter-pick, we are letting people know how and why they should report fly-tipping.”

Sharing concerns

Surveys will also be carried out during the day, in which local residents will be asked to share their concerns about arson, anti-social behaviour and any other issues in the area.

Anyone who would like to report fly-tipping in the Daventry area can ring 01327 871 100.

As well as community projects like Operation Unite, the Arson Task Force also works with young people who are playing with fire. If you have concerns about a child or young person playing with fire please contact the team on 01604 797 160 or email arsontaskforce@northantsfire.org.uk.

Anyone with information about any incidents of deliberate fire setting is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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