Space was introduced by the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis, to bring together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to help nurture, support and guide youngsters across the county.
This year’s programme was the most ambitious and successful yet with a record number of places for eight-to-17-year-olds being filled during the summer holiday period throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Initial figures show a county-wide reduction in police-recorded youth-related anti-social behaviour incidents throughout Staffordshire, with a 41 per cent drop on last year – which was on top of a significant drop between 2016 and 2017.
There were 1110 recorded youth-related ASB incidents in the county in 2017, with 659 registered this summer.
In Cannock there were 49 recorded youth-related ASB incidents during the recent summer holidays – compared to 102 during the corresponding period last year.
Mr Ellis said: ‘When I brought Space back in 2015 I couldn’t have imagined the success and the scale it would be in 2018.
‘Valuing youngsters, providing new experiences and encouraging responsible citizenship is at the heart of what I hoped for.
‘The figures for Space 2018 are extremely pleasing and the very essence of what we want to achieve.
‘We had a huge turn-out of young people, a 41 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with a 52 per cent drop in Cannock.
‘This has been the biggest Space since its relaunch with 1500 events across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. I would like to thank everyone in Cannock who was involved in this year’s activities.’
Member since: 10th July 2012
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