26 October 2018
three children sat on front of fire engine

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

Visitors flocked to Tamar Square in Daventry today to enjoy some half-term fun in the form of pumpkin carving, face painting and apple bobbing.

The day, which formed part of Operation Unite, also saw members of the community taking part in a joint litter-pick in The Grange estate.

It has been almost a year since the original launch of Operation Unite, a project to address issues of arson and anti-social behaviour in and around Daventry town centre.

The operation 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.

member of fire staff hading out stickers to children

Andy Evans, of the Arson Task Force, said: "We were delighted with the number of people who came along to take part in today's activities.

"This is the latest day of action we have held in the Daventry area and we are always so impressed with the community's support for the work we are trying to do.

"As well as holding plenty of fun events for families enjoying the half term, many people also agreed to complete our surveys about issues in the local area. This kind of feedback is invaluable to us in helping inform the work we do to tackle issues in the local 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.