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News article created on 18 February 2016

Police cadets crack down on canal graffiti

A team of Volunteer Police Cadets has taken to Hinckley's canal to make it a more attractive place for the local community and visitors

Police cadets by the canalThe cadets, from Leicestershire Police targeted Dodwells Road Bridge, an area that has been blighted by graffiti.

While they were there, the cadets also be removed litter and cleared overgrowing weeds and greenery to improve the look of the canal and make it better for wildlife.

VPCs help to encourage people of their own age to participate positively in their communities. As well as taking part in volunteering opportunities they also get involved with anything from local events to festivals and other occasions. They also help the local policing teams by doing leaflet drops, promoting crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.

PC Jon Puckey, Volunteers in Policing Officer for Hinckley and Blaby, added: “This is a prime example of the effort VPCs put in to make a difference in their community. The enthusiasm they have to work on priorities and make Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland a safer and nicer place to live is something we should celebrate.”