On me head son! Bobbies take on kids

POLICE FOOTIE (JT) MRW 18/8/2012''Waterlooville Police Officers and PCSO's arranged a football tournament for children which was held at Cowplain Community School on Saturday ''Awards at the ready ! - (left to right) PC Matthew James (32) with PCSO Dave Hanson and PCSO Lynda Potter ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122767-2297)
POLICE FOOTIE (JT) MRW 18/8/2012''Waterlooville Police Officers and PCSO's arranged a football tournament for children which was held at Cowplain Community School on Saturday ''Awards at the ready ! - (left to right) PC Matthew James (32) with PCSO Dave Hanson and PCSO Lynda Potter ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122767-2297)
Picture: Franca Perletti

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IT’S an age-old problem that affects most communities.

Footballs being kicked into people’s gardens and if you are unlucky, perhaps a smashed window or damaged fence.

But police decided to tackle the problem head-on.

They invited local youngsters to a football tournament at Cowplain Community School.

The afternoon was a roaring success, with the children and police officers all getting a good workout.

Five teams took part in the five-a-side tournament – South Coast Sharks, Cowplain Youth Blues, Cowplain Youth Greens, Travaux Youth FC and the police

The bobbies managed to make it to the final, but were beaten by Travaux 2-0. Third place went to South Coast Sharks.

PCSO David Hanson, from Waterlooville police, organised the event with his colleague PC Jim Lipscomb.

He said: ‘We have seen an increase in football nuisance with windows smashed and guttering damaged.

‘We wanted to build bonds with the kids and get them to know their local team.’