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Community constable wins award

Community constable wins a West Yorkshire Police’s award for neighbourhood policing.

PC Charlie Banks, who last year opened a Sutcliffe Play multi-use games area (MUGA) on the Warwick Estate has been awarded the Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing.

The Colin Cramphorn Trophy is awarded to those who provide a first class commitment to local policing.   Charlie received the award for demonstrating life changing work that benefits his local community, in particular young people.

A community officer for 28 years, Charlie formed the Knottingley Community Project Partnership in 2010. The partnership, including Sutcliffe Play, Ardagh Group and Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) works with West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield Council to combat anti-social behaviour in the local area by funding play projects.

To date, Charlie has been instrumental in securing funding for play projects that have helped reduce anti-social behaviour calls to the police by as much as 60%.

In 2011 he installed a Sutcliffe Play Pod youth shelter on his Ferrybridge ward, which was met with great acclaim from local residents. Following this success, the Sutcliffe Play MUGA was installed on the Warwick Estate in 2012.

PC Banks comments: ‘The Pod and MUGA provide children with a safe place to play, benefitting the whole community, not just the children that use it.’

Sutcliffe Play would like to congratulate PC Banks on receiving the Colin Cramphorn Trophy, a fantastic accolade that is very much deserved!

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