TWO community groups have joined forces with West Mercia Police to help combat anti-social behaviour and knife crime in Redditch.
Inspector Mark Chappell has helped set up a free service with Redditch Boxing Academy and Redditch Self-Defence Association.
The scheme will provide people with free training, which includes how to defend yourself against a knife, how to be more aware of knife crime and also how to apply anti-bullying methods.
It’s designed to encourage engagement of young people and to help reduce those types of crimes in the area.
It will launch on November 1 from 7pm at Redditch Boxing Academy and will be headed by Pete Martin from Redditch Self Defence.
Mr Martin said that he is delighted to work with this team and is encouraging people to come along and ask questions.
Following the launch there will be free weekly self defence training sessions on a Friday from 6.30pm and 7.30pm at the Matchborough Centre boxing gym.
It will run for at least eight weeks.
There will also be free weekly ‘drop in advice’ meetings starting on November 8 at 7pm, at the gym.
This will give young people the opportunity to find friendly advice on how to tackle knife crime and anti-social behaviour.
Visit www.redditchselfdefence.co.uk for more information.