YOUNGSTERS from a Cheshire village are being welcomed into the local pub to address youth boredom.

Jan Davies, licensee at the Letters Inn in Tattenhall is opening her back room for an under age night every other Monday from 7.30-9.30pm.

The first two meetings got the scheme off to a great start, with around 30 young people testing out the event.

Jan said: 'The first nights went really well - I hope this is a sign of things to come. Tattenhall really needs some facilities for the young, I can under-stand why they get so bored.

'It is a shame this night is only on every other Monday but at least it is something.'

A range of ages, from 11-year-olds to later teens are welcome and they can enjoy the benefits of a pool table and dart board. Soft drinks are also on offer and now a newly installed computer, donated by local company i7technologies Ltd provides internet access.

Jan said: 'One day two nice lads were at the door and asked if they could come in for a coffee. They were very well behaved and I started to wonder where else they had to go.

'At around this time, Geraint Davies, our local policeman asked how I would feel about hosting such nights and I said I was happy to. It has been surprisingly easy to organise and other villagers have been a great help.'

The lack of youth facilities was raised at a police community action meeting in the village before Christmas and helped prompt the idea.

The venture is being supported by youth mentoring organisation TOC H , the newly established Youth Action Tattenhall and has the backing of the local CAT Officer Geraint Davies.

Project Rural Matters have donated £250 towards the project.

Police Inspector Phil Hodgson said: 'This provides a good example of how community action meetings can quickly lead to positive outcomes by officers working closely with the communities where they work.'

The next under age night will be on Monday, March 13, starting at 7.30pm.