Police promote fishing to combat anti-social behaviour in Quedgeley
AN UNTIDY pond next to the police headquarters in Quedgeley has been transformed into an angling and environmental area which officers believe will combat anti-social behaviour.
Police have been promoting fishing as a way of diverting youngsters away from bad behaviour because it develops qualities such as patience and concentration as well as an interest in the environment.
Members of the local youth club helped to unveil the new facility in Waterwells.
PC Lucy Winterburn, of Gloucestershire police, said: “We’ve cleaned it up and cut back the undergrowth and it looks great now.
"We’ve borrowed tools and pulled in favours from everyone we can.
“The pond is already popular unofficially with local anglers because it is home to a wide range of fish including roach, rudd, bream, chub and a range of natural food and invertebrates including freshwater shrimp - so it has excellent potential for this project.
“When I am out on patrol and talking to young people in the area they are always looking for something to do so taking advantage of the fantastic natural environment that surrounds us seemed to make total sense."
If you are an angler who could help with the project by becoming a coach email firstname.lastname@example.org
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