15th March 2024

Commissioner Snowden backs community project in East Lancashire deterring crime

The ‘It’s Your Turf’ project, delivered by Burnley FC in the Community, is engaging around 30 people identified through partners, most at risk of either becoming a victim of crime, or getting involved in crime themselves.

Aged between 10 to 17, they are given their own dedicated mentor for the twelve-month programme, which also includes diversionary activity, such as climbing, which helps teach the importance of teamwork and other life skills. The mentorship also supports young people with employability health and fitness advice.

Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“I’m really pleased to see the positive impact that this project is having in Burnley and Pendle, breaking down barriers, reducing the risk of antisocial behaviour and protecting young people from becoming victims of crime themselves.

“Alongside the work of other organisations and charities, and a more visible police presence on our streets, this makes our communities safer and helps deliver my Fighting Crime Plan priorities.

“This is what my Safer Lancashire Neighbourhood Fund is all about, and there is always a poetic irony in using cash seized from criminals being pumped back into the community they once exploited.

“I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure that we are delivering on the priorities that the public tell me they want to see, punishing those who make life a misery for others and keeping Lancashire safe.”

Michael Colquhoun, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Burnley FC in the Community said:

“We value and appreciate the support given to us by the Police and Crime Commissioner to support this intervention programme. Our Youth Crime Reduction work continues to go from strength to strength and we are supporting many young people who are at risk of entering the Criminal Justice system.

“Our programme uses the power of the badge of Burnley FC to engage, challenging young peoples’ behaviour but also crucially offering positive activity, structure and aspiration to their lives”.

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