This year’s Community Safety Day focussed on the UK’s favourite sport to give antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse and hate crime the red card.
The annual event, organised by East Northamptonshire Council, was held at Stanwick Lakes to give invaluable advice and information on crime prevention and community safety. It was a busy, football-themed day, full of prize winning competitions.
Kyle Petchely, 11 years, won two match day tickets donated by Northampton Town Football Club, for scoring a huge 150 points in the penalty shoot out competition. The keepy uppy competition was won by 11 year old Fergus Jolly who scored an incredible 53 and was rewarded with a £20 gift card provided by Waitrose, Rushden. Northampton’s George, River and Harley Wickham will be treated to afternoon tea for four, donated by Stanwick Lakes, after winning the spot the ball competition.
The day included displays from the people who help keep East Northamptonshire as safe as possible. Residents and visitors loved exploring the cavalcade of vehicles brought by Northamptonshire Police and Fire Service. Others who attended were: Community Law, ENC Water Safety, Illegal Money Lending Team, Kettering General Hospital, Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, Northamptonshire Carers, Police Recruitment, Service Six, Solve-It and Sunflower Centre.
The day also drew attention to the dangers of swimming in the lakes and rivers around the district, reminding people about the popular designs now in place in lifebelts along the River Nene to make a vandal or thief think twice before messing with the vital lifesaving equipment.
High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Anne Burnett, said: “I really enjoyed my visit to East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Safety Day. Stanwick Lakes on a sunny Saturday in the school holidays was a great venue to bring to the public’s attention the many services being offered in the community. Competitions for the children drew them to the stalls and if they and their families learnt half as much as I did about projects being run in East Northamptonshire then it was a successful day.”