VIDEO: Thousands attend Northamptonshire police and fire open day

A record crowd attended this weekend’s police and fire open day at Wootton Hall in Northampton.

About 8,000 people went to the event on Saturday to watch activities including police dog displays, demonstrations of how police officers deal with petrol bombs and recreations of rescues from car crashes.

Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire Service joint open day at Wootton Hall. 'PC Dave Lee with Brandon Payne, 8 and Chloe Payne, 6.

Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire Service joint open day at Wootton Hall. 'PC Dave Lee with Brandon Payne, 8 and Chloe Payne, 6.

Chief Constable, Adrian Lee, said: “The public really enjoy an opportunity to come and celebrate policing.

“We know they’re really interested in the work of the police, we see that on television and in the media all the time.

“This gives them a bit of an insight into our work and confidence that there are a lot of resources available if they ever need the support of the police.”

Northamptonshire Police has regularly held open days at Wootton Hall, but this was the first time Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue also took part.

Brigade Manager, Dawn Whittaker, said: “We’re here to show the public the things we do in terms of response, but also talk to people about our role in preventing incidents and promoting community safety.

“It’s a great opportunity to talk about the work we do to support the people of Northamptonshire.”

Feedback about the event from members of the public was also positive.

Posts on the police’s Facebook page included comments such as ‘What a great day, enjoyed by everyone. So much going on and everyone was so friendly’ and ‘It was a fantastic day, so much to watch and do. We loved it and the kids had an amazing time’.