Knitters called on to transform no-go area

Knitters called on to transform no-go area

Knitters are being asked to pick up their needles and yarn to create colourful woolly decorations for an underused footpath in Leicester.

Great Central Way in the city's West End is considered to be crime hotspot - a tag police are saying is undeserved.

To encourage people to tread the pavement once again, the local police force at Hinckley Road station is asking crafty citizens to yarn bomb the path, the Leicester Mercury reported.

In conjunction with the city council, the force is working to spruce up the area and help the footpath lose its negative reputation.

The path traces the route of the former Great Central railway line between Glen Parva and the city centre. Later this year, it is hoped that woollen scarves, pompoms and other designs will be placed along the route.

Sergeant Simon Barnes, who runs the Westcotes area beat team that covers the footpath, told the newspaper: "I've heard people say they don't use the Great Central Way because they believe something bad will happen to them if they do.

"Issues, including street drinking, do crop up from time to time in that area, but no more than anywhere else and where they do occur we are there to deal with them.

"I want people to re-evaluate their perceptions of the place. It's a major thoroughfare, but it appears to be underused."

Yarn bombing will no doubt brighten up the footpath and will also be a great opportunity for local knitting groups to showcase their skills.

The practice is becoming more and more popular and is being put to good use across the world.

In North Vancouver, Canada, knitted wares were used to wrap around tree trunks and branches in parks along Lonsdale Avenue until they were taken down and stitched into scarves for homeless people in the local area, the North Shore Outlook reported.

Students in California have also recently been asked to create yarn bombing installations by Ann Savageau as part of her Design 70: Introduction to Textile Structure, according to the California Aggie.

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