Cleaning up reputation of young people

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Young people from a Northumberland high school have been cleaning up a local beach, after a spate of recent incidents.

Over the summer months, Blyth beach has become the focal point for a number of gatherings of young people, which have left the beach in an unacceptable state.

Youth Ambassadors, who are a group of volunteers from St Benet Biscop Catholic High School in Bedlington, were invited along by the Blyth to Seaton Sluice Links Conservation Group to get involved in a clean-up of the site.

Assistant headteacher Ryan Smailes said: “I believe it is vital that all young people recognise the importance of looking after areas such as this.”

“I am immensely proud of the work that the Youth Ambassadors have carried out to help the conservation group and I am excited at the prospect of further projects in the future.”

Ambassador Callan O’Kane, 14, said: “We were all extremely keen to help because we want to do good in the community and show that it is the minority that cause the problems.”

“The beach is a place to be enjoyed by families, and it should be maintained so that everyone can enjoy it.”

The youngsters, along with staff from the school and local charity Leading Link, took part in a litter pick across the beach and assisted the group with some garden maintenance across one of the public walking areas.