‘Beat it in Hope’ Project Launches

6BIHNeighbouring villages Hope and Caergwrle in south Flintshire have launched a project this summer with the intention of reducing anti-social behaviour in their community. Aimed at young people from the region, the ‘Beat it in Hope’ project has identified educational interaction as being an effective way of addressing the issue.

Following a number of anti-social behaviour issues being reported during 2015, all mainly involving teenage youths, the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, led by PCSO Andrea Ellis, has actively sought to find a resolution.

The priority of the project has been to deliver a fun, yet challenging, educational programme for young people during the school summer holidays. Through inputs from the police and other partner agencies, a variety of topics have been presented to young people.

Flintshire Youth Justice Service has been responsible for educating young people about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and also dealt with the issue of peer pressure. Caergwrle and District Community Action Group have assisted by encouraging the youths to give something back to their community, such as participating in litter picks.

1BIHIn addition, the School Community Police Officer, PC Debbie Barker, has discussed with the group, the consequences of breaking the law and how to avoid committing anti-social behaviour.

As an incentive and reward for the attendance of the young people, Hope leisure centre have supported the project by offering the use of their facilities. Youths have been able to take part in fun, physical activities such as, football sessions on the astro turf and street dance lessons in the gymnasium.

A grant of £386 from the High Sheriff’s Crimebeat fund has helped to provide the hiring of activity locations, instructors and equipment used in community help tasks.

District Inspector, Jon Bowcott who endorsed the ‘Beat it in Hope’ project commented: “Anti-Social behaviour is an issue in the area and I personally signed a dispersal notice recently, due to the problems we have been having. This project is an opportunity for young people to engage not only with the police, but with our partners and to build relationships between us all.”