A new half-term scheme aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in Menai Bridge has been launched.
The ‘Lost Boys’ project was set up in response to concerns from residents in the Tyddyn Mostyn and Wood Street areas about young offenders. A number of incidents involving criminal damage, drug and alcohol abuse and swearing have been reported in the last four months.
Community support police officers in the town have teamed up with Anglesey Council, the Red Cross and local businesses to create a week-long program for 14-17 year olds, including a misuse course, sporting activities, work with the elderly community and a clean-up day to paint and restore local landmarks.
The ‘Lost Boys’, named by the group has been funded by the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) and will also include a go-karting session at the end of the half-term holidays. The project will also tackle local issues such as youths congregating at the bus stops.
PCSO Teleri Jones said: ”From speaking to the youths after visiting them at their homes, they told us that there was very little for them to do in the area. It was clear that they wanted to engage with activities in order to have something positive to do in their community. We very much hope that they’ll benefit by taking responsibility for their behaviour and addressing issues such as drugs and alcohol.”
“It is an opportunity for them to pay back their communities and help build a brighter future instead of getting involved in crime before it is too late. It’s also important to address not just the crime but the issues behind it – such as victims, mental health issues or problems at home. By helping young people to make amends for their behaviour and help them build strong links with their community and learn new skills we can hopefully lead them towards the right path.”