PEOPLE in Rastrick are reaping the benefits of crime prevention schemes.

The Circle Project has so far provided three mountain bikes for the local Police Community Support Officers.

Another bike for the Community Beat Officer has been funded by Castlefields Infant School and Clr Paul Rogan.

A youth survey has been carried out at Rastrick High School, as well as at local primary schools in the area, involving 2,000 young people.

The survey aimed to find out what young people like doing out of school hours. The results will be passed to local youth workers, councils and schools to look at improving facilities for young people in the area.

The Pit Stop Project has seen young people build their own go-karts and spend a race day in York as part of a youth diversion scheme to encourage team-building, respect for each other and communication skills.

And a number of Police Contact Post Boxes have gone out to local schools, the library and local housing office.

People can leave messages for police and community officers. Officers will then pick up the messages once a week and respond to the community to deal with their queries.

An educational booklet on anti-social behaviour is also being produced, due to go into schools in the next couple of weeks.

Community Advocate Project Officer Fiona Pearson said: "We've made great progress in the Rastrick area and I'm delighted that these projects will continue.

"The hard work of everyone who has joined the Panel has made a positive difference within the community in terms of engaging young people and the feedback we have had has been brilliant."