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Teens tackle youth crime on site
Kids on street
The site features photographs taken by teenagers
A website drawing on teenagers' experiences of youth crime - and its causes - was launched by charity Barnardo's on Thursday.

The site, which has been built with the help of teenagers from Blackburn and Blackpool, features photographs taken by them as well as their experiences.

It also includes a rap recorded by some of the Blackburn teens.

The site asks for support from police and authorities, saying "sometimes it feels like there's a war on kids".

Barnardo's' principal policy officer Nancy Kelley said the teenagers had brought their own experiences of living on deprived estates to try and explain why young people gravitate towards crime and anti-social behaviour.

"We wanted to ask young people what issues they felt was important," Ms Kelley said.

'Positive solutions'

She said the site was set up after the youngsters told Barnardo's that youth crime was the most pressing issue.

"What this project has done is given them a chance to think about why young people get into crime and trouble."

She said the teenagers had given "positive solutions" to problems such as graffiti, rubbish dumping, drugs and crime.

"One exciting thing is their solutions are really practical.. They look at things like empty house and rubbish... that living in an environment like that makes them feel bad.

"They say getting the council to change the bins more often is a sensible solution."

Ms Kelley said the teenagers involved had not been in trouble with the police, but knew how it felt to be constantly "moved on" by police cracking down on loitering teens.

Photographs used on the website were at the launch at Blackburn Library on Thursday, and may also be exhibited at the House of Commons next year.

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