Police serve up sports equipment

POLICE in Wallsend have donated table tennis equipment to a North Tyneside chuch.

The Wallsend neighbourhood policing team handed over the gift of a table tennis table, bats and balls to the St Paul’s Community Partnership at St Paul’s Centre, George Street in Willington Quay, from the Northumbria Police Charities Fund.

The premises have a wide range of users from churchgoers to the wider community, hosting numerous clubs and societies.

Neighbourhood Pc Simon Goonan, who handed over the equipment, said: “This church is a real focal point for the local community and does a great job in getting people to come together and enjoy themselves by taking part in activities.

“It has a wide range of children’s and youth clubs suitable for youngsters of all ages and we were pleased to be able to help them out with this gift from the charity fund.

“These activities have a positive impact in the area and help to reduce anti-social behaviour by giving young people somewhere local to go and meet with their friends.”

Community development worker Andy Merrill said: “The gift of the table tennis table has been well received by all the youngsters who use the community centre and is proving a real hit. “It replaces an old broken down piece of kit and gives the youngsters a chance to develop their skills. I would like to thank the Northumbria Police Charities Fund for their gift which is being well used.”