Graffiti project is building respect

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A COMMUNITY artwork project is helping to tackle antisocial behaviour and build respect within a town.

Neighbourhood policing officers are joining forces with the Safer Sunderland Partnership, the residents and school children to give a much-needed makeover to subway artwork.

The event is being held at the Blackwell Subway on Thursday, from 1pm to 4pm and will see youngsters taking part in a number of activities including face-painting, child-friendly tattoos and helping a local graffiti artist with the artwork.

The new design will depict messages of community respect and improving relationships between the young and old.

Speaking on behalf of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Henry Trueman said: “Giving young people a greater sense of community involvement helps to increase mutual understanding and respect.

“Working together we can achieve so much, and help everyone feel even more secure and comfortable with their everyday lives and surroundings.”

The local authority XL services will also be taking part with its youth bus, as well as officers from the Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team who will be available to talk to the young people and give them a helping hand.

Inspector Paul Stewart, of Washington 
Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This event is a good way for us to spend some 
time with local youngsters while they’re having fun and listen to their views about their community.

“This is a positive project which will have a lasting effect on the subway and will brighten up the area up.”