Day of action tackles drugs

PCSO Adam Colton & Sgt Tania Ash, accompany students from DSLV around the Southbrook estate.
PCSO Adam Colton & Sgt Tania Ash, accompany students from DSLV around the Southbrook estate.

A high-profile day of action geared at highlighting the problems of drugs on a town estate, has been hailed a success by police.

A variety of activities were held on the Southbrook estate on Wednesday last week as well as a drugs awareness talk to Year Eight pupils at the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV).

There was also a drop-in centre for parents and young people to access information about drugs and an a environmental audit with a Year 11 citizenship class at the academy.

There was also a mobile police station on the estate where residents were invited to discuss their concerns as well as promoting the work of Crimestoppers.

Sgt Tania Ash from the Daventry Safer Community Team, one of the organisations involved in the day of action, said: “Making Daventry as safe as it can be is not just down to policing.

“The whole community has a role to play, and yesterday’s Day of Action shows exactly what we can do when we all work together - schools, housing associations, local councils, volunteer groups, councillors.

She said that she hoped the day would also serve as a warning to those involved in drugs-related crimes.

Sgt Ash added: “We all want to send out the consistent message that we want to make our community one where young people can flourish and which makes life tough for those who prey on them with drugs.

“The support shown on the day of action makes us even more resolute to make Southbrook a very unsafe place for drug dealers, and help youngsters make informed decisions about the temptations around them.”

The Day of Action has been organised by Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership.

“It is made up of organisations including the police, the district council and the county council.

The event was also welcomed by the principal of the DSLV.

David Howell said: “I think anything which warns young people about the dangers of drugs and the impact they can have on their lives has to be a good thing.

“I am really pleased to see organisations coming together for this day of action to help out the children.”