Monday 12 Nov 2018
PCSOs Aron Parry, Daisy Devereau and Jon Thomas hosted a free Halloween party for young people at Llanrwst Youth Club as part of this year’s Op Bang campaign.
Youths had previously been involved in deliberate fire setting to parts of the local park and other areas. In an aim to reduce similar behaviour in the future, the Safer Neighbourhood Team decided to hold a safety input followed by Halloween games and activities to raise awareness and educate youths about the impacts of setting deliberate fires.
During the evening PCSOs gave an input on the consequences of arson which was followed by a fire safety quiz with prizes and a discussion about the impact of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.
PCSO Daisy Devereau said: “We had a fun night carving pumpkins, wrapping people like mummies, eating sweets and of course completing the fire awareness quiz. The young people responded really well to the safety messages and gained a better understanding of how anti-social behaviour can have a big effect on the community.
“This event was a great way to engage with and build relationships with the younger generation as well as ensuring they are off the streets and in a safe environment.”
Op Bang is the annual campaign funded by North Wales Police, North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT), North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Arson Reduction Team (ART). The funding is given to local policing teams to hold diversionary activities for young people over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period to reduce anti-social behaviour and deliberate fire setting.