Leicester

South Wigston youth workers patrol on bicycles

Youth workers in Leicestershire are being given bicycles to allow them to respond to incidents more quickly.

Members of the Youth Offending Service in South Wigston already patrol streets during evenings and weekends.

The team engages with young people to limit anti-social behaviour and point groups towards organised activities.

The county council said using bicycles will allow workers to get to any problems faster and cover a wider area during patrols.

Joe Orson, county council Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: "Anti-social behaviour not only affects communities, but it costs agencies across the country billions of pounds a year to deal with.

"We hope these bikes will go some way towards helping prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour and enabling workers to encourage more young people to get involved with positive activities."

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