A skateboarder shows off his skills in the grounds of Belfast City Hall

Well this is welcome news to anyone concerned about the shockingly high levels of juvenile delinquency in the North - and the social unrest that follows.

Construction work on the North's first ever public outdoor skate park is due to begin later this summer. The park is being built near Belfast city centre and will cost £500,000.

The project is funded by the European Union with Belfast City council contributing £80,000. The project, titled the Bridges Urban Sports Park, will cover around 20,000 square feet when completed.

The Belfast Urban Sports organization is working with the council on the project. The site will be designed and built by Freestyle Skateparks who have previously worked on some of the UK's leading urban sports parks.