Police riot van to be restored

Dr Alan Billings hands over �3,400 to Clara Taylor.
Dr Alan Billings hands over �3,400 to Clara Taylor.

A project to restore a police riot van is set to be a smash hit – after winning a cash grant to help boost the coffers.

The National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield was visited by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings who handed over £3,400 to the museum’s educational coordinator Clara Taylor.

The money has been awarded to help pay for outreach work in schools across South Yorkshire.

Mrs Taylor said: “Thank you to Dr Billings for his visit and the grant funding. 
Being awarded this grant will enable the museum to provide the NESM on Tour project to re-commission and preserve YN57 FDF, a Ford Transit public order van which was retired from services to South Yorkshire Police in 2014.”

Dr Billings said: “It was a very informative visit to the National Emergency Services Museum. It is interesting to hear of the planned work they intend to do in South Yorkshire to reach young people in communities that would not normally get the opportunity to visit.

“I wish them all the very best of luck with the project and look forward to seeing how this money contributes to helping young people.”

The National Emergency Services Museum teaches not just the heritage of the Emergency Services but promotes learning of vital life safety skills through hands-on learning.

Mrs Taylor said: “The museum wants to do more than just preserve the vehicle. It will transform the van into a fully mobile education unit allowing the team to reach schools and areas of the community that are unable to visit the museum.

“Thanks to the support of the SYPCC and those who have donated to our fundraising campaign we are close to raising the £5,000 needed.”