Huge crowd flocks to police open day

wet  Wetherby Police Station Open Day. Kian Wheatley on a 1994 BMW K75 police motorcycle watched by PC Dave Muscroft.  (110715M3a)
wet Wetherby Police Station Open Day. Kian Wheatley on a 1994 BMW K75 police motorcycle watched by PC Dave Muscroft. (110715M3a)

ALMOST 1,000 people watched an historic Spitfire plane fly overhead as they braved the wet weather to attend Wetherby’s annual police open day.

The event, which was held at Wetherby Police Station and the parade ground, included a range of activities from dog displays and riot police demonstrations, stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting, and even a hog roast.

wet  Wetherby Police Station Open Day. Pictured back from left are Louise Crossland, PCSO Gaynor Duffy and Special Constable Sub Sambhi with Sophie Bradbury (left) and Teresa Pili.    (110715M3b)

wet Wetherby Police Station Open Day. Pictured back from left are Louise Crossland, PCSO Gaynor Duffy and Special Constable Sub Sambhi with Sophie Bradbury (left) and Teresa Pili. (110715M3b)

A range of stalls was set up in the parade ground including the British Legion and West Yorkshire Fire Service.

Insp Marcus Griffiths, of Wetherby Police, said the day, despite the weather, was a massive success: “I think considering the weather we had a good turnout and it is nice to show members of the public what we do,” he said. “It is great to have their support. It means a lot to us that despite the weather, people still came out. I would like to thank everybody for their support and everybody who worked hard to help us on the day.”

The event, which ran from midday until early evening, opened with a speech from television’s Chris Hughes, of Eggheads, who cut the ribbon and did the official opening.

Police volunteer and chairman of the Crime Prevention Panel Maureen Brewer organised the day and several community dignitaries attended including Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke, Mayor of Wetherby Cindy Bentley and the Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Geoff Dodd.

As a grand finale, the World War Two Spitfire did a fly past over the display area, delighting the waiting crowds.

sarah.dawson@ypn.co.uk