29 August 2018

More than 600 homes in Southbrook, Daventry, were visited as part of an operation to tackle arson and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Members of the Arson Task Force, Daventry District Council’s Community Safety Partnership and Emergency Services Cadets knocked on doors around the estate to give fire safety advice and to speak to residents about issues in the local area.

Questionnaires were also carried out with people to help inform the work of Operation Unite, which is tackling anti-social behaviour and illegal fire setting in and around Daventry town centre.

Fly-tipped waste

As part of the day, a skip was placed in the area so large items of rubbish could be safely disposed of. Members of the organisation Wellingborough Norse were also patrolling the area and picking up large pieces of fly-tipped waste.

Andy Evans, of the Arson Task Force, said: “Following on from the recent fun day we hosted in the community, this was such a useful piece of engagement work for us.

“This day of action allowed us a great opportunity to meet Southbrook residents face to face and really get to the heart of some of the issues they feel are important in their area.

“The day was also about handing out essential practical advice about helping prevent arson by reporting fly tipping and the accumulation of rubbish which can so easily become a target for arsonists.”

About Operation Unite

Launched in December 2017, Operation Unite is working to reduce arson and anti-social behaviour in and around Daventry town centre.

Previous events include a town centre survey to gain feedback on issues affecting the area, and a day of action on the Southbrook estate to share fire prevention and community safety advice with residents.

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 797160 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.