Police praise for Sunderland indoor skate park

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POLICE are backing a new skate park which is helping keep teenagers off the streets.

Officers paid a visit to Dexx North East after it opened its doors on Woodbine Terrace in Pallion this month.

The skate park is the UK’s only indoor riding experience from wood to dirt all under one roof and is spread across 26,000ft.

Officers say they will continue to drop into Dexx to show their support for those using it.

Inspector Dave Pickett said: “We welcome the addition of the skate park which gives young people yet another facility to channel their energies into.

“We know that antisocial behaviour and youths hanging around on the streets are one of residents’ main concerns, but by supporting facilities such as this, we hope those concerns can be tackled.

“We hope the skate park proves to be a benefit to the whole community and that it boosts good neighbourhood relations.”

Derek Milligan, Dexx North East owner, said: “We the owners, management and customers would like to thank Northumbria Police for their support throughout the build stage and going through to attending whenever they are passing.

“Pc Tom Loftus has been a great support and the kids like to see him and his colleagues there and for the parents it makes them feel more secure in the environment.

“We also open links between the police and the kids thus eliminating antisocial behaviour in the area.

“We look forward to seeing the police here as often as they can and hopefully they will bring down their bikes and show us a few tricks.”

The skate park’s indoor facilities – which includes hire shop and graffiti studio – are already open but are not expected to be fully finished until the end of this month.

There are also plans to build an outdoor skate park at the site but need rubble to build up ramps.

If anyone can donate rubble to the business contact Derek on 07885 911 141 or 714 9988.

Memberships cost £15 per year. Two-hour sessions are £6.