Youngsters get to work on first project

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Youngsters in Knottingley who set up their own junior neighbourhood watch group have got to work on their first project.

Ten youngsters aged eight to 18 from the Warwick estate set up the Warwick Watchers earlier this month.

The group, which holds regular meetings in the town, held a clean up event and litter pick on a footpath, known locally as The Lanes.

The path, which is in between Ardagh Glass and the allotments on Hazel Road, is often used by residents as a shortcut to De Lacy Academy and Ash Grove Surgery.

Matthew Poxon, 19, from the group, said: “It went very well. It was quite a successful event but it is just one part of the project.

“The plan is to get it cleaned up, get some lighting put up and, subject to planning permission, possibly getting it resurfaced.”

PCSO Aaron Riley, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, who helped the youngsters on the project last Wednesday, said the group has also applied for funding to provide vandal proof litter bins, re-surface the pathway and install solar powered street lighting along the route.

The group are still looking for youngsters aged 11 to 18 years, to join them.

The youngsters hold regular meetings at the Old Quarry Adventure Playground, on Sycamore Avenue.

For more information on the group or if you would like to join the Warwick Watchers call Hazel Richardson on 01977 678944.