Leicester

Village teenagers get new venue

A fall in anti-social behaviour in a Leicestershire village is being attributed to the introduction of a café funded with the help of a council.

Birstall Parish Council received £15,000 from the Youth Capital and Youth Opportunity funds to pay for a shelter and youth workers.

The Youth Drop-In Café is the result of a pilot project.

Deputy council clerk Sue Coulson says young people had wanted a meeting place.

She said: "It came about because it had been targeted as a hot spot area for anti-social behaviour.

"We got together with some of the young people and the main thing that they said they hadn't got and they wanted was just somewhere to hang out with their mates and chill."

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