Summer holiday fun for children

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Children in Arnside have been enjoying summer holiday activities laid on by police.

Youngsters in the seaside village were able to take part in a range of fun and games thanks to a partnership between Cumbria Police and organisations and volunteers, including Irene McKay from the local methodist church.

The programme, which has been taking place on Friday evenings, was organised because Arnside’s youth group does not run through the summer months.

Police Community Support Officer Jayne Park, part of the Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team, said that the events had been put together because the community had been flagged up as an area where activities to distract the young people would benefit local residents.

Villagers have previously raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area.

As well as increasing patrols in the area, Cumbria Police worked with Lakes Leisure staff to arrange activities to deter youngsters from potential mischief.

Complaints about young people causing a nuisance generally increase during the long summer break from school, when children struggle to find things to do.

Summer sports have been held on the playing fields and other activities offered at the Institute.

PCSO Park told the Guardian: “The event has been a success for the younger group, but there was not much uptake for the older ones, which meant the younger ones could take part in both sessions.”

Youth projects held in previous years in the area were also praised as successful.