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Young people encouraged to get creative

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Young people from across Thetford are being urged to get creative as part of an initiative being launched by Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green.

Students from Thetford Academy and Catch22 have teamed up with Norfolk Youth Offending Team (YOT) and Thetford Police Cadets to create a colourful series of graffiti artwork to be displayed in the town.

Eight eye-catching panels created by the group of around 20 12 to 18-year-olds over the past few months are to be displayed in the underpass close to Thetford Priory.

And on Saturday 11 March 2017 local youngsters will be given the opportunity to have a go themselves guided by local graffiti artist Mik Richardson.

Lorne Green, who will be attending the event, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people across Thetford to get creative and help to transform their neighbourhood. It is wonderful to see them being so passionate about their local environment.

“This is a really positive scheme which I am delighted to be backing. It helps to encourage young people to let their imaginations run wild while adding a splash of colour to the town.”

Acting Inspector Laura Symonds, of Norfolk Constabulary, who has led the project, added: “The young people have enthusiastically created some amazing artwork symbolising what is important to them in Thetford, with assistance from a number of multi agencies.

“These will brighten up a space which has previously suffered from graffiti in the hope that the young people of Thetford will look after their local area so similar creative projects can be pursued in the future.”

The initiative is one of a number of community policing projects being supported through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Early Intervention Fund. The fund is open to policing teams across the county to help them work with communities to tackle local crime, disorder and community safety issues.

Any young person interested in attending the event should pop along to the Thetford Priory car park between 12pm and 2pm.