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Tuesday 03 November 2015, 9:13 AM

Over the past few months Dursley Neighbourhood Policing Team had experienced some anti-social behaviour amongst youngsters in the local area. 

In an attempt to tackle this problem the policing team made contact with Rednock school and asked for their assistance and co-operation.  Rednock School welcomed this approach and offered the use of their all-weather football pitch for the youngsters to play on.  This joint initiative has proved very successful with a group of youngsters regularly playing football on the pitch.  This group have since managed to get funding to buy their own football T-shirts and they have joined a 6-a-side team.

(Age?) Jake Woodward who is involved in the scheme said:  “I’ve never really had a positive relationship with the police but this has certainly changed and we are thankful for what they have done.”

(Age?) Jordan Warner said:  “I would like to thank the police and Rednock School for setting this up.  Because of this we have taken it upon ourselves to build links with other football teams and arrange matches.  It has even helped us enter a 6-a-side tournament – something that we would never have done before!”.

PCSO Joshua Griffiths stated that ‘This has been a very successful initiative.  It has helped us build new bridges that had previously broken with these group of young adults and it has helped us by reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in Dursley.  A win-win situation.”