POLICE have reached new heights to help keep youngsters out of trouble.
Officers from the Sunderland East Neighbourhood Policing Team, along with policing staff, tackled Scafell Pike – England’s tallest mountain, standing at 3209ft.
The aim was to raise funds for Blue Watch Youth Centre, which offers activities for young people in the Ryhope area.
The centre in Burdon Lane is home to a host of groups designed to keep youngsters off the street.
Joining officers on the eight-hour walk were four centre members, including three young people on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
The total raised is still being counted, but the amount will go towards supporting the centre’s future activities.
Neighbourhood Inspector Jamie Southwell, who took part in the walk, said: “Young people often get a hard time for hanging around the streets, particularly during the summer months.
“Even if they aren’t committing any crime, it may still be perceived as antisocial behaviour by the more vulnerable in our communities.
“This is when places like Blue Watch can step in to offer activities for young people. It’s an excellent facility for the young people of Ryhope and the surrounding areas, providing a broad range of affordable educational and leisure-based opportunities for them.
“The centre looks to enhance opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential both as individuals and members of their community, which will be a benefit to everyone in the area.
“Because of this, we were more than happy to take part in the walk and raise funds in support of this much valued youth centre.”