Youngsters take future in to own hands

Junior Neighbourhood Watch set up on the Warwick Estate - Warwick Watchers.'Pictured : leader Hazel Richardson with L/R: James Byford, Bobby Lee Poxon, Matthew Poxon, Samantha Fawley, Laura Byford
Junior Neighbourhood Watch set up on the Warwick Estate - Warwick Watchers.'Pictured : leader Hazel Richardson with L/R: James Byford, Bobby Lee Poxon, Matthew Poxon, Samantha Fawley, Laura Byford
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Youngsters in Knottingley have taken the future of their estate into their own hands by setting up their own junior neighbourhood watch.

Ten youngsters from the Warwick estate, ranging from eight to 18 in age have set up the Warwick Watchers.

The group, who hold regular meetings in the town, have already set up plans to make improvements on the estate.

Hazel Richardson, who helped set up the group, said: “All of the ideas come from the children themselves and it’s inspiring to see them so committed to making the estate a better place to live.”

“All I do is just help them with any formalities but they are all so enthusiastic and I don’t have to help much at all.”

The youngsters have already got to work on their first project.

They want to restore a footpath, known as The Lanes, which is used as a shortcut to De Lacy Academy and Ash Grove Surgery.

Mrs Richardson said: “At the moment the path is in a terrible state but the group want to do a major clean up and make vast improvement.

“The lane is used as a shortcut to schools and the GP surgery so it needs to be safe and clean and tidy for people to use.”