A FREE boxing initiative which is organised by police and volunteers for youngsters in Creswell has helped maintain low levels of anti-social behaviour.
Derbyshire Constabulary is as weekly OzBox sessions continue every Monday and Thursday evening at Creswell Youth Centre.
The sessions, which were trialled two years ago, have also seen four local young people go on to achieve success within the sport.
Kieran Carte, 18, James Drury, 18, Lewis Hopkinson, 18, and Ben Gore, 21, who started as beginners and have been attending the sessions regularly, have all recently won competitive bouts.
PCSO Dave Mitchell, of the Creswell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, helped set up the sessions initially alongside OzBox trainer, PC Darren Comins.
He said: “We have been running the OzBox initiative in Creswell now for around two years, and it was set up with the aim of reducing reports of anti-social behaviour. The project has continued to go from strength to strength since it started and attracts youngsters from all different backgrounds.
“The community have told us they have seen a positive impact and we really hope the success will continue in the future.”
In April 2011, before the OzBox was trialled, police received 197 reports of nuisance behaviour in the Bolsover district area. In April 2013 there were 132 reports to police, a reduction of almost 33 per cent.
The sessions are free and take place every Monday and Thursday at Creswell Youth Centre on Colliery Road.
It takes place between 5.30pm and 6.30pm for youngsters aged between eight and 11, and then from 6.30pm for those 12 years and older.
For more information contact the Creswell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, the non-emergency number, or the OzBox team on (01246) 522304.