HUNDREDS of children are guaranteed some summer fun as part of a scheme to keep them out of trouble.

Swimming, football coaching, cinema trips, bowling and laser tag games are on the agenda for youngsters in the Harton area of South Shields, thanks to Northumbria Police and the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

Following complaints about youth disorder from local people, beat managers decided to contact as many organisations as possible to help steer youngsters away from crime.

About 2,000 free places were pledged to children for a variety of activities at Temple Park Leisure Centre, Boldon Cinema, Pier Amusements, Dunes Amusements, Whickham Thorns and Sunderland Football Club.

Posters inviting youngsters to apply for tickets for free activities have been put up in schools and youth clubs in Harton.

The first 12 youngsters have already enjoyed a day out at Whickham Thorns, where they tried archery, skiing and rock climbing, and also took part in an assault course.

PC Tonya Lawson, from Harton Community Policing Team, said: "We wanted to encourage good behaviour and also reward those who don't cause any trouble.

"Residents frequently complain about youth disorder and we thought by rewarding youngsters, it was a good way to make sure they don't turn to crime."

For details call 0191-454 7555, extension 65159.