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POLICE dug deep to help teenagers at a youth centre.

Officers from Cosham and Paulsgrove Safer Neighbourhoods teams have donated £300 from police funds to Hillside Youth Centre in Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove.

The cash will be used to set up more events and workshops for young people.

Maria Monaghan, who runs the youth centre, said: ‘The work we do at Hillside helps provide positive activities for people aged between 13 and 19.

We get around 40 visitors here each week and by coming here they can get support, take on accredited courses that can be used in their CVs, and have the opportunity to get involved in a number of projects and activities.

‘When the officers found out there was an opportunity for them to support us, they came down and spoke to the youths about what they would do to better the centre if they had the money. Soon after that they came back with a cheque for us.

‘It’s great news and I’m grateful to them for their donation.’

Sergeant Simon Roberts from Paulsgrove Safer Neighbourhoods team said: ‘This is a really positive gesture that will help people in the Paulsgrove area.’

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