Police see a drop in ASB thanks to scheme

Proud youngsters show off their trophies and certificates, evidence of their achievements.
Proud youngsters show off their trophies and certificates, evidence of their achievements.

FUN activities kept youngsters from Grantham busy and out of trouble over the summer holidays.

More than 80 young people took part in the activities programme run by the Grantham Town West Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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One aim of the programme was to reduce anti-social behaviour of the summer holidays, a target which was reached.

Pc Steve Cummings said: “We did see a marked reduction in ASB throughout the summer and very few problems on our area. We have linked linked this directly with the kids being kept active.

I think these type of schemes are so important for our young people as it keeps them busy and away from any trouble. All the young people I spoke to really enjoyed the schemes and want us to put on similar activities throughout the year. I also spoke to many parents who were delighted with the scheme and it has helped them keep their children occupied.”

Among the activities organised was a trip to adventure centre PGL Caythorpe, where the youngsters tried archery, kayaking, raft building, high rope climbing and more.

Pc Cummings said: “All returned home very tired but having had a brilliant time.”

Another highlight was soccer training at Grantham Town Football Club. Coaches taught the kids ball skills, match play and respect in football. Everyone received a certificate and trophy at the end of the day.

Each trip and activity was supervised by police community support officers, police officers and housing officers at South Kesteven District Council, all of whom gave up their own free time to be part of the scheme.

Pc Cummings said: “My team are committed to these type of projects and will happily give up their own time as they see first-hand how happy the kids are and very few problems in our area.”

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