Teenagers paint graffiti-style mural on police station

PCSO David Edson (2nd left) with some of those helping to create murals that will be eventually by place on a wall outside Peterlee Police station.
PCSO David Edson (2nd left) with some of those helping to create murals that will be eventually by place on a wall outside Peterlee Police station.
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A TEAM is painting the town red – and many other colours – as they help give part of it a new look.

Police in Peterlee are working alongside members of a new youth club as they put together a mural which will go on the side of the wall outside the town’s police station. The 12 to 15-year-olds, who attend a club in Eden Hill, have pooled their ideas with Police Community Support Officers David Edson and Charlotte Naisby to create images of Peterlee, which they have put into the artwork with the help of professional artist John Craggs. The final piece will be unveiled later this month.

PCSO Edson said: “This was the idea of our Inspector, Dave Coxon, who asked if we could look at putting together a mural outside the station, and the idea was to work together with young people.

“We’ve been working with them, and as well as giving us something to put outside the police station, it’s breaking down barriers where the young people have got to know us and we’ve got to know them. They have thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ve absolutely loved doing it as well.”

The project has been backed by Groundwork North East and Dulux, with extra funding from county councillor Audrey Laing, and now former councillor Gordon Tennant ahead of May’s elections.