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STUDENTS and their local police team tried to out-maneouvre each other in a football tournament.

Members of the Waterlooville South Safer Neighbourhood Team proved they were good sports when they invited teams from South Downs College, Purbrook Park School and Oaklands Catholic School to take part in the game.

Even though the police team were knocked out in the first round – as Purbrook Park claimed victory over South Downs in the final round – PC Lee Collins said he would like to make it an annual event.

PC Collins explained: ‘We have had a lot of issues between students from these schools and the college as there is a fierce rivalry between them.

‘Building respect between the students should help stop these issues.

‘We want the kids to know we’re here to talk, not just to check up on them.’

Mike Murtagh, who coached the college’s women’s team, added: ‘Hopefully our plans for a new pitch will be approved, and we will be able to host the event more regularly.’