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FIFTY volunteers have been trained to deliver a police-led boxing based fitness programme in Chesterfield - to keep youngsters out of trouble.

The three-day course taught them about the Ozbox sessions run by police in their spare time.

But they were also taught about issues affecting young people including gang affiliation, gun and knife crime, alcohol and drug misuse and anti-social behaviour.

Youth workers, PCSOs, students, firefighters and the public completed the course.

Ozbox founder Steve Osbaldeston said: “Ozbox programmes give the youth of Derbyshire somewhere safe, warm and welcoming to go in the evening, whilst using the boxing theme as a conduit to get them involved in pro-active activities across the county.”

Deryshire Council cabinet memberfor young people Coun Barry Lewis said: “Ozbox helps steer young people away from anti-social behaviour by channelling their energies in a positive direction and encouraging them to take pride in themselves and their communities.

n To volunteer contact Steve Osbaldeston on ozbox@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.