Quiz night raises £350 towards repairs at vandal-hit Watermead Country Park in Syston

Pcso Fiona Lacey hands over the cheque for �350 to Watermead Country Park ranger Charles Shaw. EMN-150821-192520001
Pcso Fiona Lacey hands over the cheque for �350 to Watermead Country Park ranger Charles Shaw. EMN-150821-192520001
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A police officer disgusted by the destruction caused by vandals at a Syston beauty spot has helped raise £350 towards repairs by organising a charity quiz night.

In April yobs caused £5,000 of damage to benches, fencing, gates and memorial trees at Watermead Country Park. The damage was taken personally by local residents, park users and the local police beat team.

Pcso Fiona Lacey, from the Birstall Neighbourhood Police Team, covers the park as part of her patrols and after seeing the damage and the effect it had she decided to arrange a charity quiz night to raise funds towards repairs.

Working in her own time, with help from the other members of the beat team, she organised the event which took place last month at the Birstall Social Club.

The event was well attended, with 10 teams entering and a total of £350 was raised.

Pcso Lacey, who recently handed over the cheque to park ranger Charles Shaw, said: “Watermead Country Park is a great facility and I was upset by what had happened. I decided to organise a fundraising event in my own time to assist with paying for the repairs that were needed.

““I am grateful for the support of local businesses who donated prizes or equipment for free, including the East Midlands Co-op, Tesco, Morrisons, Birstall Butchers, Birstall Jewellers and the Birstall Social Club. We also received support from Freeway Entertainment, Twos Company, Stonehurst Farm and Conkers.

““On a final note if anybody does have information about who caused the damage they can contact me on 101, or ring Crimestoppers which is free and confidential on 0800 555 111.””

Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for country parks, said: ““We were overwhelmed by the response of the local community and businesses who rallied to support the rangers following the vandalism at Watermead.

““We would like to thank everyone, including Pcso Lacey, who has contributed to helping ensure that the thoughtless acts of a few individuals have not spoilt the enjoyment of the park for visitors.””