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Fairfield officers get their skates on to help raise £1,500 for community project

Posted on 21st August 2013

Police in Fairfield took part in a tug-of-war at a community fun day in aid of a skate park project for local youngsters.

Officers from Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team competed against firefighters from Buxton Fire and Rescue in the fund-raising tug-of-war on August 3.

The team also hosted a stand on the day and spoke to scores of visitors about crime prevention, personal safety and what the current policing priorities are in the area.

Children and young people were able to have a closer look at the police vehicle the team took and the kit they use on the job.

The fun day event raised £1,590 through different activites for the skate park project, which will see a new park built on land off Bench Road to replace the old, outdated one on the same site.

It is hoped the skate park will help cut anti-social behaviour in the area by giving youngsters a safe and suitable place to congregate and practise their skating.

PC Steve Blore, from the team, said: “We’ve been giving this community project our support because we believe it’ll make a real difference to people in Fairfield.

“It’s important for young people to have activities to do and the current skate park doesn’t offer much, so having a new one will be good for those who are interested in it.

“That can also mean there are fewer youngsters gathering on the streets and hopefully it will help bring down anti-social behaviour.

“The fun day was a great chance for us to engage with the local community and get the word out on what issues we’re tackling, and even though we lost the tug-of-war it was still great to be able to help the project move forward.”

 

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