Youngsters take part in beach clean-up

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THE next generation have picked up some ideas on how to take care of their community.

Parents and their children teamed up with Durham County Council staff and police officers to clear land off Ryton Crescent in Seaham of rubbish.

The effort was part of a project which aims to promote a sense of pride among young people and prevent them from causing issues, as well as show how they can act as a good example to others.

During a period spanning a couple of hours, around 50 bags of waste was collected, with a fridge freezer, mattress and general household items removed from the land.

The refuse was later taken away by Durham County Council’s Pride Team, who also took part in the session.

Pc Warren Gibson, of Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Group, said: “This is the first event, hopefully of many, which has been organised by the residents and they are being supported by the Area Action Partnership and police.

“We were very impressed by the involvement of the residents and children from the area and the commitment shown.

“We are happy to support the efforts of the community to improve the area but would like to stress that this is a residents-driven initiative.”

After the litter pick, residents worked alongside the police team to carry out a door knock in the street to tell families about the work and encourage them to get involved.