FRODSHAM Council has pledged £300 to support the town’s police team and improve relations between officers and residents, in a community gesture in memory of fallen Greater Manchester Police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.
Town councillor Frank Pennington had called on the authority to donate this amount to the Police Federation’s memorial fund after PCs Bone and Hughes were killed in a gun and grenade attack as they investigated a hoax burglary last month.
However, the council voted through a second proposal by Cllr Andrew Dawson, who argued that a council donation supporting the work of Frodsham’s own community police team would be ‘more appropriate’.
As yet, there are no firm plans for exactly how the money will be spent, but Frodsham Police Inspector Keith Curbishley welcomed the council’s commitment to his team’s ‘community cohesion initiatives’.
“This gesture is very much appreciated,” he said.
Cllr Pennington has since made a personal donation from his family to the Police Federation’s memorial fund, via Frodsham Police Community Support Officer, Neil Flanagan.