BANG campaign continues

Local policing teams across Conwy and Denbighshire have been busy in their communities helping to organise a number of fun events for young people over Halloween and Bonfire night.


In conjunction with key partners, a variety of activities have been held and are set to get underway having been arranged as part of the BANG (Be A Nice Guy) campaign which aims to help ensure that that youngsters have an enjoyable and safe time.


Once again funding was made available from Arson Reduction Team, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police in partnership with the Police and Community Trust (PACT) and the events have been arranged to continue up until Friday, November 7.


Sergeant Steve Carroll of the Community Safety Department, NWP said: “An array of activities have been taking place in communities since October 24 ranging from discos, parties and firework displays to trampolining, pumpkin carving to quizzes and supervised cycle on a purpose built track!”


“Keeping communities safe is just one of our responsibilities and in the run up to the events through the BANG campaign we and our partners have been promoting key messages within schools and youth clubs. Part of this work has seen School Community Police Officers speaking to young people and reminding them of the importance of keeping themselves safe.  We hope that the activities planned will help ensure that youngsters have a good time and stay safe.”  


One of the events that has already taken place included a Halloween Safety Night at Colwyn Bay Youth Centre. The event was run jointly with Conwy Youth Services and held last Thursday, October 30, and was aimed at young people aged between 11 and 18 years old. As well as a range of activities and  free refreshments there was an opportunity to win an i-pod touch to those who came along and they also received an input on a variety of issues including fire safety, road safety, First Aid skills and personal safety.


Speaking about the afternoon, Colwyn Bay based PCSO Laura Edwards said: “The event went really well. Around 25 teenagers came along and took part in the various workshops that were set up. As well as having an input from us, representatives from other agencies including the RSPCA and St John’s Ambulance spoke to the young people and they seemed to get a great deal from the afternoon. The following day those who came along were taken on a trip to Bounce Below in Blaenau Ffestiniog.”


Some of the events that are yet to be held include:


  • Llandudno Junction: A Disco and party games  at Llandudno Junction Community Centre on November 7             
  • Glan Conwy: Community firework event at Cae Ffwt Business Park, Glan Conwy, on November 7   
  • Llandudndo: Party with a BANG 2 at Llandudno Rugby Club  on November 5.
  • Llandudno:  Quiz and coach organised to Eirias Park Firework display on November 5  

Other events that have taken place include:

  • Rhuddlan: Halloween Party at Bodelwyddan Community Centre on October 31
  • Abergele: Halloween Party at ITACA, Abergele on October 31
  • Abergele: Halloween Party at Ysgol Foryd, Towyn  on October 31
  • Denbigh: Halloween Ball  at Ysgol Esgob Morgan, St Asaph on October 31
  • Rhyl:  Litter Pick, Quiz and Disco at the Foryd Centre, Rhyl on October 31
  • Rhyl: Supervised cycle on track on Marsh Tracks, Rhyl on Friday, October 24
  • Colwyn Bay:  A Halloween Disco at the Tan Lan Community Centre, Llanddulas, on October 29        


Further information relating to the BANG campaign can be gained via the North Wales Police website or by accessing the following link:   /campaigns/operation-bang/halloween-and-bonfire-bang-campaign.aspx