Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Opportunity knocks for New Lodge, Shankill and Ardoyne youths

A number of young people from the New Lodge, Shankill and Ardoyne areas have received certificates after taking part in a scheme aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and low level criminality across north and west Belfast.

Over 30 young people received their Level 1 Open College National (OVC) certificate from PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little, Crime Manager for North & West Belfast, at an award ceremony in the Farset Hotel, Belfast.

The scheme has come about as a result of inter-agency liaison and agreement between the Police Service of Northern Ireland, BYTES, the Youth Justice Agency and the Parades Commission which identified an opportunity to facilitate those young people involved in or on the margins of committing offences.

The 17 week Building Equality Works Across Communities (BEWAC) educational course examined topics such as: why people are drawn into 'recreational' rioting, anti-social behaviour within communities, and issues associated with parades.

Detective Chief Inspector Little thanked the participants for their efforts and added: "Well done to everyone who has taken part."

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