An initiative received national support to help combat anti-social behaviour.
As part of North Tyneside Council’s Operation Hotspot initiative, a group of young people from P.A.L.S, a service for excluded pupils, and members of the Youth Offending Service were given a presentation by national organisation Prison? Me? No Way!
To show them the possible consequences of becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour they were shown around a fully furnished, life-size replica prison cell and heard from former prisoner Anthony Powell.
Former champion boxer Glenn McCrory and representatives from local martial arts clubs were on hand to talk about ways they could spend their time constructively.
Set up as a project by prison officers in 1993, PMNW! has operated as the No Way Trust since 1995, and has reached more than five million young people through the hard work and determination of its volunteers, staff and trustees.
Operation Hotspot – a joint initiative between North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service – aims to reduce littering, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour throughout North Tyneside.
The next Operation Hotspot will take place in North Shields Town Centre from Tuesday, May 3, until Friday, May 6.
More details can be found at www.northtyneside.gov.uk