Can you help with the police's summer scheme?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 May 2019

Police launching new reward scheme and sports taster sessions at Millennium Park, Nailsea.

Police launching new reward scheme and sports taster sessions at Millennium Park, Nailsea.

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Free running, cheerleading and strong man demonstrations are just some of the activities planned for Nailsea youngsters over the summer.

Nailsea police officers are preparing to launch their summer initiative aimed at reducing antisocial behaviour in the town.

The scheme involves police and community groups running activities and taster sessions for young people in Millennium Park every Friday throughout the summer.

The initiative was started after Nailsea was hit by a spate of antisocial behaviour including criminal damage and underage drinking and drug taking in 2017.

Officers ran the scheme for the first time last year and saw a 24 per cent drop in offences.

A reward scheme was also launched which enabled young people to receive stamps for joining a new club or for completing a job to benefit the town.

Nailsea Mark Freemasons have given a generous donation to this year's scheme.

Paul Rabbits from Nailsea Mark Lodge said "We are pleased to be able to support and sponsor the community of Nailsea, especially the youth of the town.

"The Nailsea Reward Scheme is a great initiative and will help people stay active and bring the community together."

Last year's activities included football and rugby taster sessions, barbecues, sessions with the Royal Marines and a police van kitted out with an Xbox.

A number of these events will be returning to Millennium Park this year, along with a few new ones.

Police officers are unable to dedicate the same amount of time to the project due to a lack of resources.

The neighbourhood beat team is calling on the public to support it by volunteering or running activities.

PCSO Kate Turner said: "We would like to thank everyone who is again supporting this initiative and we are still looking for more volunteers.

"We will be running the Reward Scheme again this year where the youth of Nailsea can obtain stamps for a reward card by getting involved in events or completing a good deed, once a card is complete they could win vouchers at the end of the summer."

Anyone interested in helping or putting on an event can contact the Nailsea team by calling 101.

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