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Police POCA money helps keep Pavilion Gardens a safe place for families to enjoy

Posted on 2nd September 2013

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Camera cover at Buxton’s popular Pavilion Gardens has been boosted by a £1,000 donation from police.

The money was awarded to the Friends of Pavilion Gardens under the Proceeds of Crime Act and has already been used to fund several new 24-hour CCTV cameras.

The new cameras cover a large section of the gardens, including the kiosk and children’s play area, and help police to crack down on any crime or anti-social behaviour quickly.

Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team worked with the Friends group and High Peak Borough Council to acquire the funds to install the cameras.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.

Police can then apply to the courts to cash or other ill-gotten assets seized and sold, and use the money generated to pay compensation or for other projects.

PCSO Ally Ratcliffe, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We did have some issues with anti-social behaviour and crime in the gardens and it was stopping people enjoying them.

“We wanted to put an end to that and make sure visitors were safe when going there, especially over the summer months.

“It’s great that we have been able to put money seized from criminals back into the community and for it to have such a positive impact on Buxton.”

PCSO Ratcliffe worked on the project with Sally Curley, from High Peak Borough Council, and Friends of Pavilion Gardens’ Claire Millard and Brian Shepherd.

Claire said: “The cameras that we had in place before the newer ones had proved successful but the coverage is much greater now.

“The kiosk and the play area, which is used by so many visitors every week, are now properly covered.

“We’re very happy that the money has been able to improve the security here and will help police keep it safe from crime.”

Sally, who works as a parks development officer at High Peak Borough Council, added: “The Friends of Pavilion Gardens raised the money to pay for the fantastic play area we have and I’m delighted that the security camera cover has been boosted to help protect it.”

The Friends of Pavilion Gardens is now aiming to raise £3,000 to pay for the carving of a large tree trunk that stands near the play area.

The project will see educational messages and information carved into the tree for children to enjoy. To find out more, contact High Peak Borough Council. 

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