CRIME and safety messages were delivered alongside entertainment as Thurrock’s Community Safety Partnership joined together in Grays Town Centre.
The event saw free streetdance performances, a climbing wall, Essex Fire and Rescue’s chip pan fire demonstration share the town centre with other partners including Essex Police in both the mobile police station and on horseback.
As well as information and advice about crime and safety, visitors to the town centre were greeted by a shark from the Illegal Money Lending Team providing advice about the dangers of loan sharks. Other attractions included a vintage fire engine from the Essex Fire Museum, OASIS and Open Door drug and alcohol advice, the Vitality health and well being bus, youth workers on board the Skills Bus who offered advice and information as well as computer games and a music workshop, road safety information and representatives from the voluntary sector.
Free dog chipping provided by charity The Dogs Trust chipped around 60 animals.
Superintendent Ivor Harvey said: “We work hard as a partnership to address the real concerns and problems around crime and safety that our communities are facing.
“To ensure we are focussing on the right areas we need to do these events to hear from people about actual experiences and the issues they face in the areas where they live and work. It is this information that allows us to continue to improve the levels of safety in Thurrock.”