Op Bang returns
Tuesday 06 Nov 2018
The Op Bang campaign returned again this year to North Wales with funding being made available from Arson Reduction Team (ART), North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police in partnership with North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).
Funding was used to provide diversionary activities for young people during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period. These events have allowed local policing teams to work with partner agencies and local authorities to reduce anti-social behaviour and arson in their communities.
There has been a large variety of events this year happening across the region such as glow in the dark zorbing in Penygroes, a poster competition with prizes in Abergele, lazer combat in Coedpoeth and a fun day in Wrexham.
Temporary Superintendent Mark Armstrong for Local Policing said: “There has been a variety of events and projects taking place over the last two weeks such as Halloween parties, sports days and fireworks displays.
“The focus of the Op Bang campaign is to keep communities safe. In the lead up to this year’s activities the Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been working with partners such as the fire service and local businesses to share key safety messages in the community, schools and youth clubs.
“By providing engaging and fun activities around Halloween and Bonfire Night we have been able to reduce the amount of youths on the streets causing anti-social behaviour, educate them on the consequences of arson as well as ensuring they are in a safe environment.”