Northants County Cricket players join police in anti-violence campaign

Northants County Cricket players in their training kit at the season launch, with Inspector Vaughan Clarke and Chief Inspector Dave Spencer
Northants County Cricket players in their training kit at the season launch, with Inspector Vaughan Clarke and Chief Inspector Dave Spencer
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Northants County Cricket players have teamed up with Northamptonshire Police to show their support for an anti-violence campaign.

At the launch of the new cricket season, players showed their support for the operation by wearing training kits sporting an Operation Challenge message and the force’s logo.

Chief Inspector Dave Spencer, from Operation Challenge, explained: “Operation Challenge is our dedicated initiative to keep the communities of Northamptonshire safe from violence and it’s great that we’ve got this support from Northants Cricket. Players are often seen as role models and by championing our messages throughout the season they will be helping us to raise awareness and get preventative messages out there.

“Violence can affect people from any background and of any age and there are many types of violent crime, from robbery and alcohol-related assaults, to domestic abuse.

“We really aren’t here to stop people having fun, particularly when they are out with friends and family having a drink, in fact we’re here to make sure they can do that in peace. However, we do want people to stop and think about the potentially life-changing consequences of getting involved in violence, or any type of crime, not only for the victim but for the offender. For example, most people can imagine the devastating effects a prison sentence would have on their lives but even getting a caution will appear on a CRB check which can seriously hinder career prospects – one mistake can literally ruin your life. It’s just not worth it.”

Northants Cricket chief executive David Smith said: “We are delighted to be able to partner Northamptonshire Police in this initiative. This is just one part of our plans to become an important part of the local community and we are fully supportive of Operation Challenge.”