Week of action to boost Hucknall estate

A WEEK of action has been launched to tackle everything from graffiti and street cleaning to anti-social behaviour in an area of Hucknall.

The police, Ashfield District Council, Ashfield Homes and the Ashfield Partnership have joined forces to focus on Ruffs Estate.

Initiatives began on Monday (October 26) with community protection officers coming face to face with residents to identify problems.

Workers from the council will carry out repairs to items including street lights. There will also be litter picks and bulky items of rubbish cleared.

The action will continue until a fun-filled youth-inclusion day on Friday (October 30, from 12 midday) at Hucknall Leisure Centre on Linby Road.

Special guests will include members of the Army who will put visitors through their paces on a climbing wall and offer careers advice.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the East Midlands Ambulance Service will discuss the dangers of fireworks.

An artist who specialises in graffiti will work with young people to design boards with messages against anti-social behaviour. These will then be displayed in public.

Drug and alcohol workers, police officers and other agencies will offer advice and support.

There will also training sessions and demonstrations led by the Hucknall-based St George Boxing Club, Edgewood Judo Club, GKR Karate and Kang Han Taekwondo Club and a local football team.

A street-dance workshop will feature and a disco will end the event, which draws to a close at 9.45 pm.

Police Community Support Office (PCSO) Nicola Wood, of the Hucknall Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "We want to get the whole community involved in this week of action.

"We need them to tell us what they want improving, what problems they are facing and how we can help.

"The youth-inclusion day includes a lot of activities for the young people living in Hucknall. It gives them a chance to try new things, speak to people about a career or even get a new hobby."