MORE than 30 youngsters teamed up with their local police and community workers to carry out a clean-up in their north Derbyshire village.
Children aged from eight to 18-years-old picked litter around the church and community centre in Pilsley, near Clay Cross, yesterday.
More than a dozen bags of litter were collected and a wall which had been covered in oil was cleaned.
The clean-up was organised by Safer Neighbourhoods officers and members of North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) after speaking to the youngsters about how the village could be improved.
PCSO David Bull, who organised the clean-up, said: “The youngsters volunteered to take part in the clean-up despite some of them being wrongly blamed for damage and littering in the area.
“Positive initiatives like this show that teenagers aren’t all bad and many of them want to help out in their communities to make them a nicer place for everyone who lives there.”
Members of the community including the local vicar and parish councillors turned out to support the clean-up and said it was brilliant to see the police and youngsters working together.
To find out more about your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101 the new non-emergency number or visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk.