Posted on 19th November 2013
Photographed from L-R: Kirsty Brown, Gareth Sunner, PC Blore, Erik Richardson, Celeste Chadwick and Julia Owen.
The Fairfield youth centre was awarded with a cheque for £500 thanks to funding retrieved by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Officers from the Buxton and Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team secured the cash to help fund an on-going project to build a new skate park for local youngsters.
PC Steve Blore headed to the centre on Monday, November 18, to present a cheque to the fundraisers who work hard to raise money for the project.
The group, who are supported by Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, meet every Monday at 7pm to discuss new ideas and organise events in the hope of building a new skate park in the area.
PC Blore said: “The current skate park is in a poor state and in desperate need of repair.
“Due to its hidden location it can attract anti-social behaviour in the area and prevents local children from using the facilities.
“It is great that we have been able to secure funding for such a worthwhile project and I know that it will really make a difference and benefit the community.”
Erik Richardson from the fundraising group said: “Extreme sports are really taking off in the area but local kids have to walk out of their way to use parks away from their homes.
“The current skate park doesn’t get used and it is in total need of being updated so the money will make such a difference and it is great to see that our work is valued.
The new skate park, which will be built off Bench Road, Fairfield, will have state of the art facilities to encourage young people to visit and use the equipment.
The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) means anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.
Police can apply to the courts to have cash or other ill-gotten assets seized and sold, and use the money generated to pay compensation to victims of crime.
In recent months, cash recovered under the Act has gone to several community groups and organisations across Derbyshire including Matlock’s ShopWatch scheme and Buxton Goalz project.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.