'Pimp my mobility scooter' call to kids

A MTV show has provided inspiration for a new project uniting young people and older residents in the Woodbridge area.

Richard Smith

A MTV show has provided inspiration for a new project uniting young people and older residents in the Woodbridge area.

The Pimp my Scooter scheme is based on the popular Pimp my Ride show and it has secured funding from Suffolk Coastal Community Safety Partnership.

Three youth groups - Rochford House, Just 42 and Rock Barracks - will be supplied with a mobility scooter.

They will then contact older people to discuss the impact of anti-social behaviour and will customise the scooters with the anti-social behaviour theme.

The youth groups will be invited with some of the older residents to the MoD Woodbridge Station at Sutton on March 28 where each scooter will undergo a series of trials and judging before prizes are awarded.

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The scooters will be stripped back to their original condition and given to a residential or nursing home or sheltered accommodation.

The project is being led by Karle Howard, of the Woodbridge and Melton Safer Neighbourhood Team, Kate Rookyard, Suffolk Coastal District Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and Julia Catterwell, the council's Substance Misuse Officer.

PC Howard said: “It is directly trying to reduce the problem through understanding both generations' interpretation and perspective of anti-social behaviour and its effects. It is hoped the resulting coming together of different generations should also increase community cohesion.”

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