£7,000 initiative launched to tackle antisocial behaviour at Burnfoot in Hawick
A £7,000 police initiative to tackle antisocial behaviour on a Hawick housing estate has been launched.
Police have joined forces with the charity Live Borders to support young people living in Burnfoot.
It is hoped that the new monthly Borders Blue Zone scheme at Hawick’s Teviotdale Leisure Centre will encourage youngsters to take part in social activities and build relationships in a safe environment.
They will have access to the gym and there will be pool activities, sports such as table tennis and five-a-side football, screens for gaming and a cafe.
Non-uniformed police officers will be attending to provide support.
The event, being paid for by £7,000 from a Borders police community fund, was launched last Friday evening and will continue for six months, with partners hoping that it can be extended beyond that.
Chief inspector Stuart Reid, area commander for the Borders, said: “We are always keen to support our local communities, and this initiative aims to give young people in the Burnfoot area of Hawick access to a safe place on a Friday evening.
“Sport has always been part of my life, and I believe that activities like this are important for the physical and mental wellbeing of young people.
“Providing facilities for them and a point where they can access information is an important part of the community work that we do in the Burnfoot area and the wider region.
“We are pleased to be able to work with Live Borders on this partnership initiative.
“It gives us the opportunity to address a number of issues.
“We have already reduced anti-social behaviour in the Borders by 6.9% over the last year. If this six-month programme is judged to be successful, I hope that it can be extended in the future.”
Lynne Lauder, area manager for Live Borders, added: “We are looking forward to welcoming the Borders Blue Zone to Teviotdale Leisure Centre and working with young people from the area and Police Scotland.
“This is an exciting programme and gives us and Police Scotland an opportunity to engage with young people in a different environment than we may do usually.”