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Upminster company provides free security for community centre to combat growing vandalism

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 April 2018

Staff from ICOL pictured with volunteers and staff at the Cranham Community Centre

Staff from ICOL pictured with volunteers and staff at the Cranham Community Centre

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Volunteers at an Upminster community centre that has been regularly vandalised were delighted when a local business offered to install free CCTV.

Staff from ICOL pictured with volunteers and staff at the Cranham Community CentreStaff from ICOL pictured with volunteers and staff at the Cranham Community Centre

Natasha Wyatt, 41, volunteers at the Cranham Community Centre in Malborough Gardens and was recently made aware of people regularly vandalising the centre.

She knew that she needed to do something about it when walking past broken glass from the centre with her three year-old-son Jack, who asked if “the baddies” were responsible for the mess.

Natasha told the Recorder: “He shouldn’t be scared to go inside, and it really a struck a nerve with me.

“The police apparently know who it is but need evidence, and that’s the reason for the CCTV.

“The community centre is used by all age groups, old age pensioners, and young children, and it’s shocking to think that anyone should be scared to go inside [the centre].”

She invited Stuart Martin from ICOL Security Systems in Malborough Gardens, to the community centre so he could asses the area, and was surprised when he immediately offered to provide fre security cameras.

“I was just blown away, I could have cried on the spot,” said Natasha.

Stuart added: “We’re a local business for the centre. I used to go to the community centre when I was young, and my seven-month-old son goes there for a toddler group, so that’s why we decided to help - in respect for how the community has been supporting us.”

ICOL Security Systems have donated their services before, but they felt that this was closer to home.

“I’ve already had messages from the community centre to say thanks, it seems that it’s given them a little light at the end of the tunnel.”

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