Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has made funding available for local police teams to hold local events to prevent anti-social behaviour during the summer holidays.
Summer holidays can be an enjoyable time but can also difficult for some of our communities when a small minority of young people are distracted into various forms of anti-social behaviour.
These free events run by local policing units will offer diversionary sports activities for young people giving them the opportunity to stay active and stay out of trouble during the holiday period.
Each local policing unit in Cheshire has been given the opportunity to bid for up-to £1,000 from PCC David Keane to get the events off the ground.
The commissioner made the funding available after seeing the success of the Victoria Park Experience (VPX) in Warrington. The commissioner supports the event every year with a grant from his Community Safety Fund which, along with sponsorship from other partners, helps keep the event free to attend.
David said: “VPX was established by local PCSOs twelve years ago and has gone from strength-to-strength, now attracting participants from across the whole of Cheshire. I wanted more of our communities to reap the benefits of a free sports event in their local area, which provides healthy activities and prevents anti-social behaviour.
“Young people often commit anti-social behaviour because they have nothing else to do, but events like this provide a positive focus for young people’s attention. Preventing anti-social behaviour makes our communities safer, improving local residents’ quality of life by making them feel safe in their homes.
“Local officers have really got behind these events and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact they have on improving community safety across the whole county.”
The first VPX style event funded by the commissioner takes place this Friday (2 August) in Runcorn’s Phoenix Park from 11am-3pm. Further events are already scheduled in Warrington, Crewe and Widnes (full details below) with planning underway for other events in other areas this summer.
The local police teams hosting the events have been offered support and guidance from PCSO Tony Spruce, one of the founders of the original VPX event.
PCSO Spruce added: “Engaging with young people is a vital part of the work that PCSOs and local officers undertake, and by encouraging young people to participate in activities such as VPX, we can make a real difference to local communities.”
Events in your local area:
Friday 2 August, 11am-3pm – Phoenix Park, Runcorn
Tuesday 6 August, 11am-4pm – Victoria Park, Warrington
Tuesday 13 August, 11am-4pm - Victoria Park, Warrington
Wednesday 14 August, 10am-1pm – Pebblebrook Park, Crewe
Thursday 15 August, 10am-4pm – Victoria Park, Widnes