Gainsborough

Bobby on the beat wins funding for Gainsborough police museum

A Gainsborough community beat manager has won £450 in funding for a newly-opened museum in the town.

The Old Nick Police Museum opened in the town on July 25, and was nominated for funding by Police Mutual, which rewards projects which are good in the community.

Local officer PC Ian Shaw presented the museum with the cheque, after he nominated them for the award.

The museum offers a look into the history of the courts and custody suits as well as exploring police equipment and memorabilia.

The Crime and Punishment museum in Gainsborough. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

PC Shaw said: “I spend a lot of time patrolling the areas around the museum, and I have been fascinated to see how the theatre group have developed the old police station on Spring Gardens into this police museum, and I have been hugely impressed with how much the volunteers have achieved in such a short time.

“I hope that the money can in some way help the museum develop even further, and make visits from local school children even more enjoyable, exciting and interesting.”

Eleanor Bowker, trustee for the Old Nick theatre and a volunteer at the Crime and Punishment museum, said: “The Old Nick Police Museum in Gainsborough is most grateful for the donation of £450 from the Police Mutual Fund.

“Working in association with the local force the museum plans to have school visits and the money is earmarked for educational resources.”