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.’