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Community safety project in Daventry marks 2nd anniversary

Operation Unite members marking two years

Organisers of an operation to tackle issues of arson and anti-social behaviour in Daventry are now celebrating the project’s 2nd anniversary.

Operation Unite, which is run by members of the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, was launched in December 2017, when its first ‘day of action’ was held.

The partnership, which includes Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and Northamptonshire Police as well as the Arson Task Force, Daventry District Council and Daventry Town Council, has worked closely with the community in and around the town centre, arranging many different events for local residents.

Their work was rewarded recently when they were presented with the ‘Community Partnership Safety Award’ as part of the annual NFRS awards ceremony at Silverstone Circuit.

Norman James, Watch Manager at Daventry Fire Station, said: “We were thrilled to receive our recent award from NFRS and I think it’s just brilliant that the hard work of the many different organisations involved in Operation Unite’s work around Daventry has been recognised in this way.

“Operation Unite was originally intended to be one day of action in which multiple partners came together to address issues surrounding deliberate fires and the causes of those in the Daventry area.

“Since then it has grown into a partnership working to help in some of the many social issues affecting communities in Daventry, including everything from educating young people in schools, to speaking to local business owners and community groups, promoting social cohesion.”

The main aims of Operation Unite were set as reducing fire setting and also striving to cut anti-social behaviour, reduce issues with rubbish and waste accumulations, give fire prevention advice and generally work to create a safer environment for all.

In the last two years, Operation Unite has been very active in the local community with successes including a series of Emergency Services fun days. The most recent fun day, held earlier this year, attracted about 2,000 people.

The days offer a great opportunity for agencies to engage with the community, find out more about local issues, give out fire prevention advice and bring local people together in helping to look out for the town in which they live.

Starting in Daventry town centre, Operation Unite has also spread out to use the same model of partnership working in other areas of Daventry including Southbrook, Headlands and The Grange.

List of Op Unite organisations

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