Police’s Christmas appeal sees Santa visit 500 children

Croydon police are out playing the role of Santa this Christmas.

Ho, ho, ho: Councillor Pelling with the special police Santa

Ho, ho, ho: Councillor Pelling with the special Santa arranged by the local police

The Met’s Christmas Tree Project in Croydon has collected 500 presents from generous residents and businesses and is now out and about giving them directly to needy children across the borough.

One of the police’s visits came at a Christmas dinner for children with challenging learning difficulties at the Waddon Youth Centre’s 0-25 SEND Service.

More than 30 delighted children enjoyed a visit to a Christmas grotto set up especially in the centre.

PCSO Dan Fitzgerald and Waddon’s ward officer Richard Blunden were both on hand to help, as Santa handed out the presents ably assisted by one of his helpful elves.

Two of Waddon’s councillors, Joy Prince and Andrew Pelling, were doing grotto duties too, a change for them from dealing with grotty fly-tips.

Just what was Pelling’s Christmas present request to Santa? An end to his banishment to the backbenches by his leader Tony Newman? Or perhaps a nice ward boundary change from the local government boundary commissioners to make his council seat safe in 2018?

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