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Getting youngsters hooked on fishing instead of crime - 27th August 2007

The North Echo

CRIME-FIGHTERS have gone fishing, hoping to get youngsters hooked on the sport, rather than crime.

Cleveland Fire Brigade has joined forces with two charities to set up angling schools to teach youngsters the rudiments of fishing.

Neil Heath, Cleveland Fire Brigade's community liaison officer for Redcar, said: "The brigade has created this partnership to help in the fight against arson, which accounts for 90 per cent of our fires throughout Middlesbrough, Redcar, Stockton and Hartlepool."

"The aim of the sessions, which are taught in modules, is to deliver fun and interactive training in the sport of angling, while increasing young persons' awareness of the environment and how to look after it, enhancing skills and team-building and demonstrating there are viable alternatives to crime and anti- social behaviour.''

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