Redbridge cadets go beyond call of duty to help elderly burglary victim

PUBLISHED: 12:32 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:00 24 November 2016

Redbridge Police Cadets with Pc Kate King and Pc Tracey Armes

Redbridge Police Cadets with Pc Kate King and Pc Tracey Armes

Kate King

Kind-hearted police cadets and volunteers embraced the season of goodwill last weekend by giving up their own time to clear the garden of a woman who had recently been burgled.

Members of the Redbridge Police Cadets cleared, repainted and spruced up the property in Seven Kings after the victim, who is in her 70s, had her engagement ring stolen while she was home alone.

Pc Kate King praised the outpouring of community support.

She said: “It was brilliant.

“It was a lovely day of giving back to the community and we are very grateful to everyone that helped.

“The woman was absolutely thrown away by the difference it made.

“She was so touched I had to give her a little hug after she saw it for the first time!

“She is a keen gardener but unfortunately isn’t able to tend to it herself.

“When we visited to see how she was after the burglary, we managed to persuade her to let us assemble a taskforce to help her.

“On the day, the cadets worked so hard to completely clear the brambles, lay down gravel and improve the security of the property.

“I couldn’t believe the transformation, it was amazing.”

Ten cadets were supported by Pc King and PCSO Tracy Armes on the day.

Redbridge Council supported the clear-up by organising for all the waste to be taken away and Homebase supplied all the equipment needed.

Pc King said: “They thought of everything and now we have enough equipment to hopefully carry out a similar project in the future.”

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