Police chiefs call for tradesmen volunteers

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POLICE chiefs are appealing for tradesmen to work for free to help build a new film set.

They are moving the Lifewise Centre from its base next to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham to a new building at Hellaby, where they want to deliver even more events to promote safety messages.

The current set includes a fictional park, shop, railway track and home and is used by South Yorkshire Police and the county’s fire service to educate people on personal safety issues and how to avoid falling foul of the law.

It will be closed down at the end of June and work is now under way on its replacement.

Chief Inspector, Gwyn Thomas said: “The work taking place on the new building is fantastic. Lifewise will become increasingly important as a community function, by educating people about crime prevention, fire safety, health and wellbeing.

“However, we need help. We’ve had great donations and offers of materials, but now we need builders and tradesmen to help us build the new set.

“Whatever time you have to spare to help would be really appreciated. It’s important that we stay on track to open Lifewise in time to welcome children along at the start of the new school year in September.”

The new Lifewise Centre is one of a number police are preparing to share with partners in a bid to save cash.

Chief Constable Med Hughes announced that his would be looking to share buildings with partners after discovering that his force is to lose £43 million in Government funding over the next four years.

It is one of a number of plans his force is considering to try to save money.

Anyone able to help should call Kate Robinson on 07717715374 or send an email to kate.robinson@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.