Drop in youth anti-social behaviour in Staffordshire this summer

Police in Staffordshire say there has been a reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour involving children over the summer.

There were 1,110 recorded youth-related ASB incidents in the county during the six week holidays in 2017.

That was down to 659 this summer - a reduction of 41 per cent.

It is being put down to the Space scheme, which has seen thousands of youngsters get involved with activities.

The programme was re-introduced by Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis, three years ago.

It brings together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to offer sports, creative activities and days out for 8-to-17-year-olds.

Mr Ellis said: "When I brought Space back in 2015 I couldn’t have imagined the success and the scale it would be in 2018.

"Valuing youngsters, providing new experiences and encouraging responsible citizenship is at the heart of what I hoped for.

"The figures for Space 2018 are extremely pleasing and the very essence of what we want to achieve.

"We had a huge turn-out of young people, a 41 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with a huge drop in Stoke-on-Trent.

"This has been the biggest Space since its relaunch with 1500 events across Staffordshire. I would like to thank everyone in Stoke-on-Trent who was involved in this year’s activities."


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