POLICE are hoping to reel in young people with a new hobby that will keep them out of trouble.
Somet Fishy has been launched by officers with the help of the Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC) to educate, divert and develop youngsters, especially those in danger of getting involved in petty crime or antisocial behaviour.
Pc Kevin Woodcock, who works in the force communication centre and is secretary of the police sea angling club, offered his services to the Angling Trust, which then sponsored him on a licensed sea angling coach course.
A 10-week programme, set up with the support of the Safe Durham Partnership among other organisations and businesses, was designed to include hands-on fishing instructions and lectures on antisocial behaviour, dishonesty and criminal damage.
Members are then shown the basic skills of fishing by Pc Woodcock, with help from colleagues Police Community Support Officer Martin Nicholson and street warden James Simmons, and go on trips including Hendon promenade and the National Glass Centre.
“The goal is to give those taking part a sense of community engagement, new social skills and an opportunity to develop their confidence,” said Pc Woodcock.
“We started out with 10 boys aged 12 to 16 and several weeks into the programme all those taking part are really enjoying it.”