Derbyshire's anti-crime Ozbox scheme for young people extended

Ozbox session in Derbyshire
Image caption Hundreds of young people have already taken part in the sessions

A boxing fitness programme to help keep young people in Derbyshire out of trouble is to be extended.

Ozbox, which was created by Derbyshire Police eight years ago, is getting £462,000 from the county council to operate in more areas.

The sessions are designed to steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

The funding will pay for eight new staff members to train up to 300 volunteers to run sessions.

Ozbox will now be able to operate in six more community gyms in parts of the county with high levels of deprivation.

It will be available in Chesterfield, High Peak and North Dales, Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire.

Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for young people, said: "This is a completely new and innovative way of working which will be the first of its kind in the country.

"Ozbox has a proven track record and there's strong evidence that young people who take part are no longer mixed up in crime and anti-social behaviour."

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