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Children hooked on fishing scheme

By Donna Deeney

An innovative scheme to divert children from anti-social behaviour by teaching them how to fish has been boosted by a donation of £1,000 worth of fishing gear from the Loughs Agency.

Children in Creggan area of Londonderry have fallen hook, line and sinker for the summer scheme geared towards teaching them new skills and promoting positive work within the community.

Mayor of Derry Kevin Campbell said such schemes had a positive impact on the area.

He added: “Over the summer, so many children are at a loose end, and I have to applaud the work being done throughout the city by groups such as Foylehill in getting the children off the streets and focusing their attention on positive community-oriented projects.

“I must thank the Loughs Agency for their support of this initiative, which will make a real difference to the children this summer.”

Angling development manager with the Loughs Agency, Lionel Knobbs, said: “It’s a fantastic scheme, and we’re delighted to be able to facilitate them in getting the young people started in angling.”

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