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Published on September 16th, 2011 | by admin

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PCs Takes Wet Sponge Soaking as Part of Solihull Fun Day

SOLIHULL Police officers were pelted with missiles in Chelmsley Wood town centre – but it was all in good spirit as Fun Day visitors took aim with wet sponges!

Chelmsley Wood neighbourhood police Sergeant Mark Cowl and PC Dave Jephcott took their soaking on the chin as part of a fundraising Fun Day.

Organised by the Town Centre Tenants Association, last month’s event raised a total of £303 – which after being matched by contributions from West Midlands Police and Solihull Council saw the final figure reach £912.

The money will be put towards a new security radio system for retailers which will help create a safer environment for town centre shoppers.

Sgt Cowl said: “It was fantastic to see the people of Chelmsley Wood turn out in force to support the Fun Day.

“One of the Town Centre Association’s priorities is to expand the already extensive radio network between stores so all staff can stay in contact and instantly share information on suspect individuals and deter shop-lifters.

“Small independent shops may not be able to afford the radio equipment so the money raised here will help contribute towards the costs.”

The Fun Day also featured a bouncy castle, disco, fashion show, face painting and a raffle with prizes kindly donated by many of the local retailers.

Sergeant Cowl added: “The Fun Day was well received…many local people thanked us on the day for the efforts the Association has made over the last 18 months to improve the town centre.”


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