Day of action held as part of anti-arson operation in Daventry

<p class="custom-rteElement-Summary">Firefighters and police officers met shoppers in Daventry during a day of action held as part of a project to tackle arson and anti-social behaviour in the area.</p><p>The day of action was held last week as an opportunity to give out festive fire safety advice and speak to the community about local issues.</p><p>The event was the latest in a series of community engagement activities held for Operation Unite, which was launched one year ago.</p><p>Op Unite, which addresses anti-social behaviour and arson in Daventry, is a joint project by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership (which includes Northamptonshire Police, Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service as well as other organisations).</p><p>As part of Thursday’s event, surveys were carried out with local businesses. A community outreach vehicle and fire appliance were also positioned in Tesco Car Park in New Street, where local people were able to chat to members of the emergency services.</p><p>As part of the event, a cheque for £238.73 was also received by the partnership to go towards further projects carried out as part of Op Unite. The total was fundraised at a ‘day of fun’ held in the community during the summer.</p><h2>Report fly-tipping</h2><p>Crew Commander Duncan Timbs said: “This recent event provided a great opportunity for us to once more engage with the public and talk to them direct about the issues they have in their area.</p><p>“We always remind people about the importance of reporting fly-tipped or accumulated waste, which could become a target for arsonists, and in this way join together as a community to help prevent local crime and help make their areas safer.</p><p>“We would also remind people to ensure their bins are put into secure locations or, when this is not an option, to  keep them away from properties to help prevent fire spreading to buildings if their bins are targeted.”</p><p>Fly-tipped rubbish can be reported online at Daventry District Council or by calling 01327 871 100.</p><h3>About Operation Unite</h3><p>Launched in December 2017, Operation Unite is working to reduce arson and anti-social behaviour in and around Daventry town centre.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 <a href="mailto:arsontaskforce@northantsfire.org.uk">arsontaskforce@northantsfire.org.uk</a>.</p>

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