Youth radio joins police on Halloween beat

Young people in south Norfolk are set to launch a pioneering service to help reduce anti-social behaviour during the Halloween weekend.

The pilot initiative will see a live feed of incidents in the Wymondham, Harleston and Diss areas being broadcast over the internet on Sunday thanks to South Norfolk Youth Action (SNYA) Radio.

On the night, young reporters from the station – based at Long Stratton Leisure Centre – will be working closely with the police and district and town council officials to offer a live commentary on any anti-social behaviour, including appeals and contact numbers, as well as promote a list of organised events in the area.

Insp Rob Wicks said: 'As far as we're aware this is the first time something like this has been launched in Norfolk. This is an example of young people using their initiative and their knowledge of technology for the good of the wider community. We hope the live messaging will be informative but also reassure members of the community.'

SNYA Radio is run by and for young people.

Station manager Josh Worley, 14, said: 'This is something SNYA Radio is very, very keen to get involved with.

'We will have reporters at three different locations around south Norfolk who will patrol the streets with the police and who will be reporting back to the studio every hour to update the listeners on trick or treating activity in the area.'

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Steve Thomas, radio station co-ordinator, added: 'SNYA Radio would like to report on all the positive activities that are taking place in Diss, Harleston and Wymondham.

'So post us a message via Facebook page 'Official SNYA Radio' or drop us an email to studio@snyaradio.co.uk and we will send a reporter to visit your event on October 31.'

Listen to the broadcast at www.snyaradio.co.uk