A BIT of rain wasn’t enough to deter the defiant Elland cops from a community clean-up.
The officers dedicated an hour of their own time yesterday afternoon to picking up litter from a the Hullen Edge Recreational Ground.
And despite the weather they were joined by members of the community, the local neighbourhood watch and a community warden.
Passing school children from Brooksbank School also did their bit with a litter picker as they walked home from school across the recreational ground.
Pc Jenna Atkinson, PCSO Nick Mance, PCSO Martin Pickersgill and Pc Gemma Saul led the way and filled rubbish bags with crisp packets, cigarette butts and drink cans.
Pc Atkinson said: “This is part of Jubilee Hour which the police are supporting where officers dedicate an hour to do something in the community.
“I’m one of the Elland neighbourhood officers and me and PCSO Nick Mance spend a lot of time walking around the town and litter is one of the issues people talk to us about.
“It’s better to tackle a problem head on and get out there and pick it up – it’s better for the community and for us to walk in cleaner areas on patrols.”
Pc Atkinson and her colleagues decided on a community clean-up after hearing residents’ feed-back at PACT meetings, where litter and dog fouling rated among the top annoyances.
Mary Price, a community warden for Calderdale Council’s Lower Valley, attended yesterday’s event and she spent time talking to school children about the penalties of dropping litter.
She said: “For those under the age of 18 there are no fines, but if we see them dropping litter they have to do some recreational work, but they know adults can get a fixed penalty notice.
“Much of my work is about getting the message out there, speaking to people as we pass them and also going into schools and talking to the pupils.
“They do listen and most of them are great kids.”
The officers were joined by Richard Goodwin of the Hullen Edge Neighbourhood Watch Team, which covers 49 properties in the area.
Richard said: “I thought I’d come along and do my bit to help the police officers as they’re very good at doing what they can for us. During summer there is usually a bit more litter about, people come and have picnics and there’s more rubbish left behind.”