Police launch reward scheme to tackle antisocial behaviour
PUBLISHED: 08:16 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:12 07 June 2018
Young people can win vouchers and take part in a variety of sports in Nailsea as part of two schemes aimed at reducing antisocial behaviour.
Police officers in the town have teamed up with community groups to run taster sessions every Friday in Millennium Park throughout the summer.
The scheme’s launch event was cancelled last month due to poor weather, but it will go ahead tomorrow (Friday) from 7-9pm.
Officers are taking along a football cage and youngsters can visit the mobile police station to play on the Xbox.
The Nailsea Reward Scheme and taster sessions are being launched by police to try to reduce antisocial behaviour over the summer.
Police stepped up patrols in Nailsea last year after an increase in underage drinking, drug-taking and criminal damage in Millennium Park, Golden Valley and Nowhere Woods.
Officers are hoping the schemes will unite the town. Speaking about the sessions, Sergeant Mark Raby said: “In previous years Millennium Park has suffered from antisocial behaviour, especially when groups of young people are behaving antisocially in the area during the summer months when it’s lighter later.
“We know cutbacks have left young people with less to do and it sometimes results in a small group causing a nuisance or getting into trouble.
“This can have a really negative affect on communities and we’d like to use these Fridays as an opportunity to unite the town.”
Officers will be handing out the reward cards on Friday and at Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival on Saturday.
Young people can earn stamps by doing a good deed, engaging with police or a community group or tidying up litter. Children who take their parents along can earn an extra stamp.
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Reward cards will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the summer, with the chance to win one of three gift vouchers.
As part of the scheme, Scotch Horn Leisure Centre is opening its gym to a limited number of children on June 15 from 7-9pm.
To qualify, young people need to collect a voucher from the police van on Saturday and contact the centre to book a free induction.
Reward cards can also be collected from the police station in Pound Lane on Monday to Friday from 10am-6pm.