Mass gaming sessions for youngsters

PUBLISHED: 11:17 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 12:16 07 May 2010

Young gaming enthusiasts living in the west Norwich area are being invited to break new ground by crossing consoles on the big screen.

Young gaming enthusiasts living in the west Norwich area are being invited to break new ground by crossing consoles on the big screen.

The free interactive gaming session at the Riverside Odeon Cinema will allow competitors to battle it out on the gigantic 18 foot wide by 33.5 foot wide screen.

This new way of playing computer games has being organised by the West Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) to encourage young people to attend their regular three-monthly public meetings.

Inspector Nigel Richards said: “It will be a dream come true for many youngsters - to play their favourite computer game on a gigantic cinema screen and we're very grateful to the Odeon for allowing us access.

“As a Safer Neighbourhood Team, it's important that we take the time to listen to the concerns that young people in the community may have.

“This event has been organised to help boost their confidence in the police and give them to opportunity to raise any issues they have with us.”

The team hopes the incentive will encourage young people to get involved in local policing priorities and attend or raise issues that are fed into the priority-setting meetings held every three months.

Any member of the community can raise their concerns or suggestions for the area at the Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel meetings, or to meet members of their community policing team and learn about what their SNT has achieved in the last three months.

The first session is due to be held at 10.30am on Saturday, August 16 and is open to anyone from the West Centre area aged between 16 and 30.

The free gaming sessions are restricted to those that live in the West Centre of Norwich. To attend the gaming session you will need to pick up a ticket from Earlham Police Station and provide proof of address.

The next meeting will be held at St Augustine's Community Hall at 7pm on September 9.

For further information or to contact a member of the West Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team call 0845 456 4567 or e-mail

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