Young cops pound the beat

AWARDS: From left to right, front row, Shawnna Hall, Byron Walker, Keeley Roberts, Ellie Baines, Andrew McGarrigle and Joshua Page, back row, PCSO Annette Flavell, coun Sue Phillips and Pc Janine Kelly.

AWARDS: From left to right, front row, Shawnna Hall, Byron Walker, Keeley Roberts, Ellie Baines, Andrew McGarrigle and Joshua Page, back row, PCSO Annette Flavell, coun Sue Phillips and Pc Janine Kelly.

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A GROUP of youngsters pounded the beat with local police in Mexborough as part of a scheme to teach them about crime fighting.

The 12 boys and girls, all aged between 10 and 15, completed a 12-week course to become junior police community support officers.

They joined PCSOs on their patrols of the town and visited a number of crime hot spots.

Joanne Griffiths, a youth worker involved with the project, said: “They did really well and seemed to enjoy all aspects of the course.

“They spoke with groups of youths around the town and told them what they were doing.

“The PCSOs talked to them about local crime issues and took them down to the canal area and told them about the dangers of swimming in open water.

“I think they really enjoyed it and as the course grew on they were telling the PCSOs about crime and anti-social behaviour they had seen in the town.”

The course was funded through Mexborough councillors’ annual budget and delivered by the Mexborough Safer Neighbourhood Team.

It is designed to give local young people a broader sense of crime issues facing local police teams.

The youngsters were presented with their certificates by Mexborough councillor Sue Phillips at Highwoods Community Base last Thursday.