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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 November 2005, 13:37 GMT
Nuisance plan nominated for award
A project that discourages anti-social behaviour in a Hertfordshire town has been nominated for a community award.

The plan was put together after complaints about nuisance behaviour of youngsters in the Bovingdon area.

It was organised by Herts police and Dacorum Borough Council who got young people coming up with solutions.

Funds were found for football equipment and a youth shelter which they asked for which resulted in a 55% reduction in reports of nuisance in the town.

'Listened to'

The work in Bovingdon is one of six projects being recognised.

The winners of the award will be announced at this year's Problem Oriented Partnership (Pop) Conference organised by Herts police in Stevenage on 16 November.

Bovingdon Police Community Support Officer Kim Ashworth said: "To help solve this issue, all parties involved, including the young people, sat down to discuss a workable solution.

"The young people felt for the first time their needs were being considered and their opinions were being listened to.

"They asked for a goal unit and a youth shelter. Once funding was secured, the young people chose the equipment they wanted and the design of the equipment."

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