Knottingley teenager bags top police award

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Hard-working teenager Matthew Poxon has been recognised for his efforts in Knottingley after winning a West Yorkshire Police award.

Matthew, 19, won the Young Person of the Year award at the police’s Neighbourhood Watch Awards.

He was one of a group of teenagers from Knottingley’s Warwick estate who set up their own junior neighbourhood watch scheme last year.

The Warwick Watchers group is currently carrying out a £8,000 revamp of a footpath known locally as The Lanes, which is used as a shortcut from the estate to De Lacy Academy and Ash Grove Surgery.

Matthew was nominated for the award by Warwick estate PCSO Aaron Riley, with whom he also works to run community football sessions.

PCSO Riley said: “Matthew is a great role model to the younger children and the level of maturity which he consistently shows at just 19 years old, is well beyond his years.

“He is a credit himself, his family and the community in which he lives and I am very pleased that he has been chosen for this award.”

Matthew is also working towards his Duke of Edinburgh award and is on the panel of the local community group Warwick Ahead.

Hazel Richardson, who helps runs Warwick Watchers, said: “I can’t praise Matthew enough. Nobody deserves this award more than him.”

For more information about the group call Mrs Richardson on 01977 678944.