The Home Secretary has awarded Cheshire £410,000 to spend on an early intervention youth project.
The project will involve a new outreach team to work with young people involved in drug dealing across Cheshire, and working with schools and families to keep young people at risk of falling into crime in mainstream settings and in positive alternative activities.
A programme of training will also be delivered to school staff so they are enabled to support and divert young people away from gang associated violence.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “In order to put an end to this senseless violence we must have a long-term plan that stops young people from turning to a life of crime in the first place. That’s why our Serious Violence Strategy combines both early intervention with tough law enforcement.”
“This money will play a vital role in providing vulnerable young people in Cheshire with support and opportunities that will steer them away from a life of crime.”