Squadron handed minibus by police

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An air cadet unit in the borough has been given a new minibus thanks to the Northumbria Police Charities Fund.

Over the last 12 months, the Wideopen Squadron has been raising funds to purchase the new vehicle.

The money received has paid for the bus livery, and allowing the group to apply the Air Cadet Organisation logos and squadron crest.

Michelle Preen, charity trustee from North Tyneside area command, said: “We were delighted to help out Wideopen Air Cadets with the signage for their new minibus.

“The squadron does fantastic work to support young people in Wideopen and the surrounding area by offering a huge range of diversionary activities.

“We look forward to working with the squadron in the future.”

The squadron’s Flight Lieutenant James Elliott, added: “Having our own minibus allows the squadron to be able to offer the full range of activities to the cadets.

“I am hugely grateful to Northumbria Police for recognising our valuable work in the local community.”