Published: 17:04, 21 September 2021
| Updated: 18:39, 21 September 2021
Teenage police cadets helped remove used needles and cannisters from a children's play park.
The volunteers took part in a sweep of Pencester Park in Dover to clear discarded drugs paraphernalia from potentially being picked up by small children.
During the search, the youngsters discovered needles, lighters, cannisters and a small bottle of tropical vodka.
Youth engagement officer, PCSO Mark Ball, praised the cadets for their efforts.
He said: "This is a great example of how these young people want to improve their neighbourhoods and make a difference.
"No one wants to see drugs paraphernalia and discarded needles in a park where children play, it’s a health risk and increases the fear of crime.
"The cadets are given full training with a strong emphasis on health and safety before they conduct a sweep like this, their wellbeing is an absolute priority.
"The Dover cadets do a huge amount of good in their area, they want people to be able to enjoy public spaces and improve the quality of life for residents."
The haul was later destroyed by police.