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Space programme sees a fall in youth anti-social behaviour

Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire PCC at the launch of the 2017 Space programme.

THIS summer’s Space programme for young people is being hailed a success. Indications are that the summer of fun coincided with a reduction in youth-related, anti-social behaviour across Staffordshire.

The Space programme was originally an activities scheme led by police in Staffordshire during the 80’s and 90’s to provide fun activities for young people during the school summer holiday.

The new version of Space was relaunched by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and is aimed at young people up to 17 year-olds. The activities are delivered by a partnership of public and voluntary organisations, including the Police.

The latest figures relate to a six week period this year when over 2,000 activities were staged across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent.  Thanks to the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner, many events are free and participation is expected to be up on last year.

Speaking about the results, PCC Matthew Ellis said: ‘A lot of work has gone on to ensure that activities are fun and stimulating for young people to keep them active and engaged over the summer holidays.

‘The approach is clearly having a positive impact in communities in terms of reducing youth-related anti-social behaviour, combined with a pro-active approach by beat officers and PCSO’s.’

Chief Superintendent of Local Policing in Staffordshire, Wayne Jones said: ‘It’s clear that young people benefit from positive activities that focus their energy and the Space programme provides welcome support to the work of our community police officers.’

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