POLICE teamed up with a footballing charity to help kick yobbish behaviour into touch.
Peterlee Police joined forces with Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light to lay on an event called a “Feast of Football” at Woodhouse Park, in Peterlee.
The event saw around 50 youngsters, from toddlers to teenagers, taking part in footballing skills with representatives from the foundation.
The event, which was due to be held again, tomorrow from 1pm-3pm at the park, this time with a dance instructor, was part of the new Peterlee Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP).
The initiative is a community-led approach to tackling underage boozing and the football event also provided a chance to signpost youths to other activities going on in East Durham.
PCSO Charlotte Naisby, of Peterlee Police, said: “This was a great way of getting local young people together and helping them find out more about what’s going on in their area. East Durham Homes were also involved, and Northumbrian Water provided free bottles of water, while Walkers Snack Foods provided crisps.”
PCSO Naisby thanked John Fothergill from the Foundation of Light, park officer Dave Rogers, Caroline Nevens from East Durham Homes and PCSO Carole McCombe for their help on the day.