All aboard for the youth bus

BORED teenagers in Clevedon could soon be hopping on their very own youth bus. Local police are teaming up with the town's local action

BORED teenagers in Clevedon could soon be hopping on their very own youth bus.Local police are teaming up with the town's local action team (LAT) and youth organisations to launch a project to buy a special youth bus for the seaside resort.The move follows a similar successful campaign which ran on the Oldmixon Estate in Weston-super-Mare where the police worked with other organisations to raise thousands of pounds to buy a youth bus.The bus, expected to cost in the region of £100,000, would be driven to trouble hotspots around the town such as the Salthouse Fields.It is hoped the bus would be in the town five nights a week and staffed by a mix of paid and voluntary youth workers. It would have computers with internet access on board, a cafe area as well as a tuck shop.Clevedon Police Community Sergeant Pete Abrams said: "Essentially, this will be a mobile youth club."We will take the bus to areas of the town where young people gather and which are perceived troublespots."A similar scheme run in Weston worked extremely well and we are hoping to have the same success in Clevedon and hope to eventually take it out to local villages."We are now working to bring various partners together to make this project a reality."Sgt Abrams said he was hoping bids could be made to organisations such as the lottery and Comic Relief for funding for the project. Members of Clevedon LAT have said they are 'excited' at the plans.Clevedon LAT vice chairman Dave Brockington said: "This is a fantastic initiative and something the LAT fully endorses."Not all the local teenagers will want to use the existing facilities and this is about taking the activities to the young people."By offering them something different it will help divert them from going and causing trouble.


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