Steelbacks join forces with police to cut violent crime

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Northants Cricket has joined forces with police to help raise awareness of violence.

Players’ training kits are now sporting the words Operation Challenge, the name of the scheme designed to cut down on violent crime in the county.

Superintendent Andy Cox, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “Operation Challenge is our county-wide initiative to keep the communities of Northamptonshire safe from violent crime and we’re really pleased that the players at Northants Cricket are supporting us.”

“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.

“It’s great that Northants Cricket can help us raise awareness about Operation Challenge and help us to get preventative messages out there!”

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