FREE boxing sessions provided by local police for youngsters in Creswell have helped to reduce anti-social behaviour in the village by a third.
Ozbox sessions have been running weekly throughout the school holidays and the number of reported incidents of nuisance behaviour has dropped by 33 per cent during that time.
Officers from the Creswell Safer Neighbourhood Team run the basic boxing and fitness sessions in Creswell Social Centre every Friday.
During the past four weeks there have been 37 reports of anti-social behaviour compared to 55 during the same period last year.
Police Community Support Officer David Mitchell organised the sessions to offer youngsters something to do and help build self confidence and discipline.
PCSO Mitchell said: “Fridays used to be our busiest night for calls about rowdy and nuisance behaviour but since we set up Ozbox we have had very few calls on these evenings.
“Local residents and shopkeepers are also telling us the area is much quieter.
The social centre is provided free of charge by Creswell Parish Council.
For more information about your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call 0345 123 3333 or visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk