Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Barry Coppinger joined Stockton residents to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid at a special event, held in the town’s Ropner Park.
Torrential rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of event organisers - the Community Welfare Trust and Friends of Ropner Park - who entertained the crowds with food, fashion stalls and local musicians.
It’s the first time that the Eid Fusion multi-cultural event has taken place to mark the end of a month of fasting during Ramadan and it is hoped it will take place next year.
The event was supported by the Commissioner’s Police Property Act Fund. Stolen items such as pedal bikes, satellite navigation systems and jewellery, which can’t be traced back to an owner, are sent to auction and the proceeds made available to communities.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: "The weather certainly didn’t dampen people’s spirits; this was a fantastic event to promote community inclusion and celebrate the important festival of Eid.
"I’m pleased that money from the Police Property Act Fund, which comes from the clutches of criminals, could be used for this event."
Anyone wanting to apply to the Police Property Act Fund can do so by visiting this link http://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Financial-Information/Police-Property-Act.aspx
Posted on Monday 18th August 2014