Joint effort to engage young people

Sergeant Garry Smith
Sergeant Garry Smith

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Police Sergeant Garry Smith from the Neighbourhood Police Team at Bedhampton and Barncroft

We have been really busy working with a number of complaints around mini motos, motorbikes or whatever you want to call them.

These things have been causing members of public many issues.

As such, much time has been spent on preventing the issues as well as identifying the offenders and dealing with them robustly.

PCSO Dove was recently on patrol when a motorcycle sped past him which was caught on his body-worn camera.

From this footage we were able to release a still image of the offender to the press and within hours he was identified and is currently assisting us with our enquiries.

Due to his age and the number of offences he committed, the worst case scenario for this young man is £1,100 worth of fines and 15 points on his licence (A licence would be issued, endorsed and instantly disqualified).

I think you can guess how much his bike or car insurance will be in the future when he gets his licence back.

Quite simply the only ways to ride these bikes are lawfully on a road abiding by the Highway Code.

I was fortunate to be with staff from Big World Impact at a summit in London around the use of sport to engage and divert people from the criminal justice system.

Part of the three-day summit was a Beyond Sports Award ceremony where Big World Impact were amongst a shortlist of three organisations in the Best New Project category.

Just a nomination and the fact that they were shortlisted is testament to the amazing work they do in Leigh Park.

My team, which is just part of the Havant Neighbourhood team, work very closely with Big World Impact and have again teamed up with them, as well as Havant Fire fire-fighters and their community safety team, in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour over the half term, Halloween and fireworks period.

Our joint objective is to engage with young people and divert them towards constructive, free and local activities.

If you see the teams out over the half-term make sure you say hello and meet them, as they will be giving out information on local activities and free raffle tickets, which is called on November 5 at the Stockheath Common fireworks display.

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