A YOUTH worker has branded proposals to close an Ilkeston youth club ‘criminal.’

Jack Smithurst has been involved with the running of the Cantelupe Centre Youth Club for 41 years and said that young people in the town will suffer greatly if Derbyshire County Council’s cash cutting plans to shut the centre go ahead.

Around 25-35 young people attend the club which is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights every week.

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