NO sooner have the school half-term holidays finished than police are asking for help in keeping youngsters busy during the Easter and even the summer breaks!
The authorities very much adopt a carrot and stick approach to keeping the peace amoung young people these days.
The award-winning Nowt2Do scheme, which provides youngsters particularly on the Leigh side of the borough with evening and term-time activities, has proved a particular boon.
And while there are also measures in place to ensure those who will insist on causing trouble, the appeal at the moment is for more people to get involved in the positive projects.
Insp Ian Kennedy of Leigh Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are do to have a meeting with partners and area managers group to see what activities can be progressed for Easter.
“We are looking for volunteers who can help supervise events at parks and the like.
“And if anyone is organising events of their own and wants to link up with our activities that is great too. We are even thinking about events for the summer at this stage too.”
Anyone who wants to help out or add their events to the holiday programmes can contact Insp Kennedy on 07500 120558.
One of the big successes the year round for keeping youngsters off the streets has been the Nowt2Do project run by PC Andy Wright.
Meanwhile in Leigh more familiar police measures are being taken to tackle recent problems with house burglaries and vehicle crime although Insp Kennedy said that they had achieved significant reductions since Christmas.