A community football project has attracted more than 80 children to register and "reduced kids' risk of becoming involved in crime".

Limes Farm Community Group’s football project, in Limes Farm, Chigwell, is "thriving" according to Epping Forest District Council.

With just 23 children involved at the start of the scheme in March there are now more than 80 registered.

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The scheme is funded by money from the BBC, Grange Farm Trust, and Epping Forest Community Safety Partnership

According to the group this has led to less anti-social behaviour, reduced risks of vulnerability of children becoming involved in crimes such as county lines, an increased sense of community among local children.

Councillor Aniket Patel said: “This scheme is a fine example of partnership working and dedication from the Limes Farm Community.”