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Councillors, police, fire, teachers and children at the youth forum at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre

Councillors, police, fire, teachers and children at the youth forum at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre

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PUPILS were given the chance to put their opinions across about anti-social behaviour.

The youth forum at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, organised by Sergeant Dean Maddocks, from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, was a chance for the young people to air their views about how they feel about the issues in their community.

The Brighouse High School and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School students were joined by councillors, residents and police officers to speak about what the issues are and how they can be improved.

The session was then followed by a road safety task which involved the fire brigade cutting out some of the youngsters from a car.

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) who is Calderdale Council’s representative on the police authority, said it was a good opportunity for the children to interact with the police.

“It gives the youngsters a chance to get to know the officers and realise that they are their friends and when the children then see them on the streets of Brighouse they can actually stop and say hello to them. It just makes them seem more approachable and gives them a chance to get to know them,” he said.

Inspector Mohammad Nawaz, who heads the team, said: “It is an excellent opportunity for us to listen to the young people and we have found the impact of anti-social behaviour has on their daily lives. It is quite interesting when you listen to the different groups how similar things impact on their lives that impact on the adults.”

Sergeant Maddocks said it was a chance for everyone to work together to get the job done. “We have received some fantastic feedback and although the students were a little quiet to begin with they really got into it and came up with some good ideas and suggestions,” he said.