Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A New Dawn for Riot Youth Project

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A New Dawn for Riot Youth Project

Article excerpt

A youth project set up in the wake of riots took a leap forward yesterday.

The first phase of the Youth Village scheme, based at North Shields, North Tyneside, was officially opened by former police chief Lord John Stevens.

The pounds 4m project, run by Northumbria Youth Action, brings together a range of services for teenagers who might otherwise drop out of school and drift into a life of crime.

It began as a motor maintenance workshop to provide employment for youngsters in the wake of the Meadow Well riots in 1991.

It now trains up to 140 young people ( classed as 'hard to reach' ( in trade areas from mechanics to plumbing.

Officially opening the Hudson Street centre, former Northumbria Police Chief, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens, hailed it a national success.

He dedicated the project to the late Dennis Hall, the local police inspector who started the project 14 years ago.

Lord Stevens said: "It's very difficult for me not to put my mind back to the riots. …

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