Derby

Wirksworth skatepark reopens after police backing

A Derbyshire skatepark has reopened after being refurbished in a bid to help reduce problem behaviour.

Wirksworth skatepark was built six years ago but part of the wooden frame had begun to rot.

Police donated £2,500 from Operation Relentless, a multi-agency anti-social behaviour initiative, to have the frame repaired with steel.

Offices said the park was a big part of the community and gave youngsters in the area valuable leisure facilities.

PC Doug Eyre, of Wirksworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Residents work together to look after the skatepark and nearby play equipment and it's very popular, not only with local youngsters but with teens as far away as Burton and Sheffield.

"Without doubt, there are less police calls for service regarding anti-social behaviour in Wirksworth because local children have the skatepark to use."

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