Police to run taster day in Nailsea to tackle antisocial behaviour

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2018

Police with community groups in Nailsea who are planning to run taster sessions for youngsters.

Police with community groups in Nailsea who are planning to run taster sessions for youngsters.

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Police in Nailsea have teamed up with community groups to run a host of activities for youngsters on Fridays throughout the summer to try to avoid a repeat of last year's antisocial behaviour.

Officers are running the taster sessions to try to reduce the amount of antisocial behaviour in the town on Friday and Saturday nights.

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 sessions will unite the town and give young people activities to enjoy to stop them from causing trouble.

Sgt Mark Raby said: “We think it’s really important young people and their families have the opportunity to find out more about events, clubs and or opportunities locally.

“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 get told ‘there’s nothing to do’.

“We know that cut backs 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 Friday evenings as an opportunity to unite the town.”

Throughout May and September, two police officers will remain in Millennium Park, off Brockway, to ensure the area remains trouble-free and safe for people using the green and the skatepark.

Police will begin the free taster sessions on May 25 in Millennium Park and they will run from 7-9pm.

The events will also give groups the chance to showcase the sports and activities available in the town.

Carpe Diem Boot Camp, Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, the Royal Navy and Royal Marine cadets, Shidokai Judo Club have already signed up to the initiative.

The Freemasons in Nailsea have also offered to run cage football events for younger children and parents.

Police are appealing for more businesses and organisations to take part.

To find out more, or to host an event, call the Nailsea policing team on 101.

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