Skaters prepare for a special week

SKATERS and bikers will be gathering in Suffolk next week in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.Babergh Council has organised for a mobile skate park to tour Ipswich, Hadleigh and Shotley, giving information about alcohol and cannabis misuse and community safety issues as it goes.

SKATERS and bikers will be gathering in Suffolk next week in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Babergh Council has organised for a mobile skate park to tour Ipswich, Hadleigh and Shotley, giving information about alcohol and cannabis misuse and community safety issues as it goes.

The project aims to give youngsters in these areas more activities to take part in during the summer and to celebrate young people's right to play.

Julia Catterwell, substance misuse officer with the district council, who organised the project, said: “It's an activity for young people which hopes to reduce anti-social behaviour and to bridge a gap where they don't have much to do.

“The police mobile unit will be there to raise awareness about alcohol abuse issues and there will be general advice.

“We hope the young people enjoy it and find it useful too.”

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During the events there will also be football and basketball activities and giveaways of mobile phone and MP3 marker pens, cycle locks and stickers.

The mobile skate park, which is being hired by Babergh from Suffolk Coastal Council, will be visiting the Shepard's Drive Church in Pinewood on Tuesday, August 28, Hadleigh High Leisure Centre in Hadleigh on Wednesday, August 29, and Ganges Wood Field in Shotley Gate on Friday, August 31.

All the sessions will take place from 10am to 2.30pm.

For more information visit www.beactive.babergh.gov.uk.

Is a mobile skate park a good way of keeping youngsters occupied? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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