New project launched in Cramlington to steer youth away from life of crime

A revolutionary new project has been launched in Cramlington to keep young people out of trouble and re-build their relationship with the community.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 5:25 pm

Northumbria Police have launched the Cramlington Youth Panel to provide children in the town with opportunities that will steer them away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

It has been spearheaded by Neighbourhood Sergeant Dave Turner who wanted to ensure young people in his community had the support of key stakeholders in the area.

He brought together politicians, charities and emergency services to try and ensure vulnerable children in his community were aware of the opportunities on offer.

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Cramlington Youth Panel.

And now he is calling for young people and their parents to make the most of it.

Sgt Turner, who has only worked in the Cramlington Neighbourhood Policing Team for 10 months, said: “A lot of different organisations and groups work tirelessly to offer opportunities for the town’s young people, both to prevent and divert away from crime and disorder.

“We have hundreds of incredible young people living in this town and they often get a bad reputation among other members of the community who see them socialising around the town.

“What parents often tell us is their children have nothing to do and that is why they hang round parks or socialise in the street.

“But there are things to do in the town and this Panel aims to raise awareness of the opportunities available that will ultimately keep these children out of trouble.

“We are offering safe locations to meet up with friends, providing education and training days and putting on activities.

“These opportunities are also aimed at those children have found themselves caught up in trouble and we hope that it gives them a chance to break the cycle and get back on track.”

Cramlington Town Council, The Newcastle United Foundation, Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project, Northumberland Fire and Rescue, Youth Justice and a collection of local politicians will all sit on the Panel.

It was first launched in June and meets regularly to co-ordinate events, identify young people who may need support and reach out into schools and existing community groups.

Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness added: “I will be doing everything I can to support the work of Northumbria Police in bringing together youth services in Cramlington.”

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