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Week-long of activities in Chester-le-Street

Activity week picture for 2017 group picture

Image: Group photo in Chester-le-Street, to promote the Activity Week

A WHOLE host of family fun activities are on the way to Chester-le-Street – and they’re all FREE – with convicted criminals helping to foot the bill!

Money confiscated through the Proceeds of Crime Act will be used to support this month’s ‘Market Place Activity Week’.

Co-ordinated by Durham Constabulary, the event is now in its 11th year and promises plenty for all ages, with numerous community organisations also turning out to support the festivities.

Among the activities for youngsters, there will be a bouncy castle, inflatable slide and face painting which have been paid for by money confiscated from convicted criminals.

There will also be a climbing wall, rodeo bull, human demolition ball, gladiator joust, assault course, bungee run and sessions with Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light.

And if that’s not enough, there will be some special guest appearances from the Police Interceptors and Force’s motorcycle unit, along with police dogs Jet and Ben.

The activities will be held in Chester-le-Street Market Place from Monday-Friday, August 14-18, 10am-3pm each day.

“We would urge people of all ages to come down and enjoy the fun activities we have on offer,” said PCSO Adrian Richards, one of the event organisers. “We have a great selection of attractions and they are all free.”

He added: “We are grateful to all of the organisations which play a part in making our Activity Week happen. It is with their continued support that we are able to provide so many different activities.

“We hope 2017 will be the biggest and best yet – beating the 20,000 people we attended last year.”

Chief Constable Mike Barton and Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg will be attending at 11am on the opening day.

Mr Hogg said: “I’m delighted to support this week of activity again this year. This is such a popular event and a great opportunity to engage with residents, right at the heart of the local community.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information, email PCSO Richards adrian.richards@durham.pnn.police.uk or PCSO Christine Taylor christine.taylor@durham.pnn.police.uk

Event sponsors are: AAP Chester-le-Street, JAC Publications (In & Around), County Durham Community Foundation, Chester-le-Street Business Association, Tesco, Brenda’s Café & Fish Bar, North End Resident Group, Chester-le-Street One Point Services, Tesco Bags of Help initiative, Police Mutual, Durham County Cricket Club and county councillors (Heather Liddle, Alison Batey, Colin Carr, Danny Wood, Beaty Bainbridge, Allan Bainbridge, Linda Marshall, Simon Henig, Paul Sexton, Craig Martin, Tracie Smith, Audrey Willis).

Posted on Monday 7th August 2017
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