HUNDREDS of pounds have been donated back into the community in a bid to prevent anti-social behaviour.

In December last year, youths in Hawarden deliberately damaged car park barriers to the Wales and West building in St David’s Park, Ewloe, before being caught and made to compensate the company.

However, Wales and West have decided to donate the £571.99 they received in compensation from the four offenders back into the community.

The sum of money was handed over to North Wales Police on Thursday (August 1st) to support their initiative which will help to keep youngsters engaged through sport.

PCSO Stephanie Jones, of the South Flintshire policing team, said she is planning a youth sporting event for under 18s this summer, which will be a free event for any young person who wishes to attend.

She added: “Anti-social behaviour was a massive issue in and around St David’s Park before, but now it is much better.

“This sporting event will hopefully give young people an opportunity to keep themselves active and engaged over the summer break.”

The event, which is in its third year, will be held at Gladstone Playing Fields in Hawarden between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on Thursday, August 22nd.

Mr Geraint Parry, of Wales and West Housing, added: “What better way is there as an organisation to give something back than to invest into the local community.

“Things are a lot better around here now, with there being very few instances of anti-social behaviour since that incident last year.”

Wales and West Housing manage thousands of homes across 15 local authority areas across Wales, including more than 3,000 dedicated properties for older people as well as innovative supported housing solutions for people with a range of particular needs.