Offenders get help to show crime red card

Clive Grunshaw (left), Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and Tom Hutton, director of community development at AFC Fylde Community Foundation
Clive Grunshaw (left), Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and Tom Hutton, director of community development at AFC Fylde Community Foundation
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A Fylde coast football team hopes to hit the back of the net as it works with police to help cut crime and tackle repeat offending.

AFC Fylde Community Foundation has announced a scheme aimed at both youths and adults.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw (centre right) with Barry Tucker (left) and Chris McNally (centre left) from AFC Fylde Community Foundation and Fylde Council's Bryan Ward (right).

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw (centre right) with Barry Tucker (left) and Chris McNally (centre left) from AFC Fylde Community Foundation and Fylde Council's Bryan Ward (right).

Over the next 12 months it will work with youngsters at risk of falling into a cycle of offending as part of its “Writing Wrongs” initiative.

A two-month workshop aims to raise awareness of the impact offences can have on the wider community.

The foundation will also work with adult offenders, helping to reintegrate them into the community.

Tom Hutton, director of community development, said: “We’re committed to improving the quality of life within our local community and we know crime is a concern for many, so this programme aims to make a real difference.

“It’s not as simple as telling someone not to offend again – it’s about understanding the person behind the crime, offering support, guidance and education, to help break the habit of repeat offending.”

The foundation was formed in June 2013 to get more people involved in sport and boost links between the club and the community.

The new schemes have the backing of the Fylde Community Safety Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s Fylde Reintegration and Rehabilitation programme aims to give offenders the best change to turn their lives around.

Lancashire’s PCC Clive Grunshaw said: “The AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s dedication to making lives better within the local community means that they are perfectly placed to support the delivery of my Police and Crime plan objectives and I am happy to be able to support the great work they do.”