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Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has donated eight bicycles to a Worcestershire based educational centre that aims to develop positive attitude and skills, for future employment, in young people.

The Bridge, in Malvern, supports children who are no longer in mainstream schooling and ‘bridges’ the gap between GCSE’s and the requirement to stay in education until the age of 18. The centre focuses on vocational education such as mechanics, building trades and culinary skills.

As part of the training and development offered, young people at the Bridge will recycle the frames and parts of the donated bicycles, that have previously been seized by West Mercia Police, and refurbish and rebuild them into useable bikes before selling them on.

Proceeds from the sales will be donated to services in West Mercia that supports victims of crime.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “Young people can be some of the most vulnerable in our society. The work the Bridge is doing in guiding young people through what can be a difficult transition into employment, and providing the right education, support and skills to them, is so important to help them thrive. I’m pleased that these bicycles are being put to good use since being seized. By donating them to the Bridge we can further help the development of the young people in our communities who are at such a crucial point in their lives.

Issued on 5th June 2020