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Youngsters join battle on crime

POLICE have called on help from local youngsters to cut crime in Old Yardley Park.

POLICE have called on help from local youngsters to cut crime in Old Yardley Park.

More than £5,700 has been ploughed into a major improvement project - hoping to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The Sheldon neighbourhood team are receiving help from pupils at nearby Cockshut Hill Technology College.

PC Tom Ellis, who started the project, said: “The money will help pay for evergreens and other plants which will restrict access to park walls and therefore hopefully reduce graffiti opportunities.

“In addition to this we have arranged for the installation of bespoke gates at the entrance to the park to deter off-road motorcyclists and quad bikers.”

As with many green spaces, residents had raised concern that the land was being used by off-road bikers.

And PC Ellis said that the project would be a long-term effort and it wasn’t a case of “throwing money” at the area and then forgetting about it.

“We intend to make this a sustainable project, with help from the park rangers and the involvement of local people,” he explained.

“A Police Community Support Officer has also been assigned to the project, to liaise between the local Park Watch group and the policing team.”

 

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