A GROUP of youngsters are trying to prove to a village that they are not ‘bad kids’ in a bid to persuade a council to invest in youth facilities.
The youngsters, from Great Whelnetham, organised a litter pick on Saturday.
It follows complaints about youngsters throwing water bombs, playing knock down ginger and other ‘games’.
“It all came about because we got complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour from the youngsters,” said village PCSO Jonathan Burke.
“What we have done is we have helped the youngsters understand that what they are doing is scaring some of the elderly people and is getting them a bad reputation.
“The youngster were quite distraught.
“Now they are trying to show that they’re not bad kids – that there is good in them.”
Ben Lewis, 14, came up with the idea of a litter pick.
“I just wanted to get us a better name in the village so we can get a say in what is done around here rather than just being seen as trouble-makers,” he said.
The youths plan to ask the village council on July 11 for a shelter where they can meet up, while in the longer term they would also like a skate park.
PCSO Burke said: “They are at that awkward age. They are all 14-17, they can’t drive so they can’t get about and they haven’t got skate parks, cinemas or anything like that that they can easily get to.
“It is great that these kids want to do something good for the village and to help themselves.”