Skatepark gets a revamp by police

New Start: Chief Inspector Brian McKeown, Cllr Peter Slack, Debi Hedderwick, Josh Stockell and PC Doug Eyre celebrate the re-opening of the Wirksworth Skatepark with Stanley Miekle-Janney, Ceri Hedderwick Turner, Dan Temperton, Gabriel Carr and George Bullen after �2500 was donated by the Derbyshire Constabulary from the Operation Relentless fund.
New Start: Chief Inspector Brian McKeown, Cllr Peter Slack, Debi Hedderwick, Josh Stockell and PC Doug Eyre celebrate the re-opening of the Wirksworth Skatepark with Stanley Miekle-Janney, Ceri Hedderwick Turner, Dan Temperton, Gabriel Carr and George Bullen after �2500 was donated by the Derbyshire Constabulary from the Operation Relentless fund.

A POPULAR skatepark has been given a make-over – thanks to community police officers.

Wirksworth skatepark, at Fanny Shaw’s Park in Cromford Road was officially reopened on Friday, August 28.

The facility was built around six years ago and the wooden framework had started to rot and was in need of replacement.

Last September funding of £2,500 was approved to replace the frame with steel as part of a police operation to crackdown on nuisance behaviour and alcohol-related crime in the town.

The operation focused on giving youngsters in the area activities to take part in.

PC Doug Eyre, of Wirksworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, applied to the Operation Relentless board for the funding.

He said: “The skatepark is maintained by the local community, who make up New Opportunities Wirksworth, and it has a real family feel.

“Residents work together to look after the skatepark and nearby play equipment and it’s very popular, not only with local youngsters but with teens as far away as Burton and Sheffield.

“Youngsters appreciate the skatepark and respect the equipment and I’m delighted that we have been able to give it a revamp.”

PC Eyre said officers had not received any reports of any anti social behaviour at the park.

He added: “Without doubt, there are less police calls for service regarding anti-social behaviour in Wirksworth because local children have the skatepark to use.”

Organisations involved, including Derbyshire police, Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, administered bids for funding.

Town and district councillor Peter Slack, who was at the reopening ceremony praised the police’s efforts in leading the project.

He added: “Officers know that there is less vandalism in the town since the skatepark opened.

“It is very popular with youngsters, it gives them somewhere to go and something to do.

“It’s very positive of the police to lead this project and it shows just how community minded PC Doug Eyre is.”

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