Kids kick-about with the coppers

Mid Suffolk north SNT football match with children and teenagers to connect with young people. PCSO's Nic Kegge, Dave Faulkener and Steve Long with the kids.

Mid Suffolk north SNT football match with children and teenagers to connect with young people. PCSO's Nic Kegge, Dave Faulkener and Steve Long with the kids.

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POLICE officers were off the street and on the pitch at the weekend.

Officers from Mid Suffolk north safer neighbourhood team showed their sporting side on Saturday with a football fun day in Rickinghall.

Suffolk Police organised the free event at Rickinghall village hall to engage with young people in the community.

Children, aged between five and 12, took part in individual and team games and even got the chance to challenge the officers to a penalty shoot-out.

Andy Pursehouse, from Gislingham, watched from the sidelines as his sons Tyler, eight, and four-year-old Daniel enjoyed the day.

“They are having fun, messing around and seeing the human side to the police,” he said.

“It’s so nice to have something to come out to. It’s a positive thing for the police to do.”

Police Community Support Officer Nic Kegge said that they organised the event as a fun activity which allowed children to meet local police officers.

“At the end of the day officers are approachable people and engagements like these help the community to see this.

“It also means that if they ever need us - they know who to contact,” he said.