Town scores new set of goalposts

Police in Amble have helped youngsters score a new set of five-a-side goalposts, after netting vital funding for the equipment.

The long-awaited posts have been cemented into place off Priory Park and Dansfield Square at the town’s Radcliffe Estate.

A local multi-agency problem solving group, including Amble’s neighbourhood policing team, Homes for Northumberland, Amble Town Council and Amble Development Trust worked together to help secure the equipment.

The posts are at a pitch suitable for all age groups, although it is expected to be mostly used by local youngsters.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Darin Fawcett has been the driving force behind the scheme, together with Community Safety Officers Lynsey Green and Clare Hart.

Paul Truscott, who is Neighbourhood Inspector for Alnwick, Amble, Rothbury and Coquetdale, said he hoped the goalposts would be a welcome facility for the town.

“As part of the ‘put yourself in their shoes’ anti-social behaviour campaign the force is currently running, police and partners are promoting activities available to young people over the school holidays.

“We hope these goalposts will be well used by all of the local community in Amble,” he said.

PCSO Fawcett added: “This has been in the planning for a long time and came in response to a local need to stop youths playing football in the street and kicking balls against garage doors.

“I am pleased they are now in place and available for the youngsters to use.”

The goalposts were made and erected by Northumberland County Council’s Adult Learning Construction Apprentices at Ashington as part of their formal building qualifications. These were Mark Robertson, Stephen Hall, Karl Johnston, Steven Barlow, Richard Gray and Andrew Walton.