AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy saved up his pocket money for two months to buy treats for the police to say ‘thank you’ for their response to the Manchester terror attack.

Harley Watson, from Bury, saw the response on the night of the attack at the Manchester Arena and decided he wanted to thank the officers who were involved immediately or during the aftermath.

Harley, in Year 7 at Tottington High School, had been saving up his pocket money since the attack on May 22 and spent it on goodies such as tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets, which he presented to officers at Bury police station last week.

Harley’s dad is a military veteran and attends the veteran’s breakfast club on Friday mornings at the Mosses Centre in Cecil Street, Bury.

Insp Jim Jones, who supports veterans in Bury as part of his role as strategic support inspector, said: “Occasionally we get members of the public bringing the odd cake in, but we have never had a young lad saving up all his pocket money to treat us.

“It means so much, just somebody saying ‘thank you’ is great, but this is something a more and it means a heck of a lot to the whole team.”

Insp Jones said few GMP Bury staff responded directly to the attack in Manchester but many worked very hard dealing with families and people affected in the aftermath, which in itself was difficult for some officers.

He added: “It is a brilliant gesture from the young lad and I was more than happy to show him around the police station in return.

“He is quite quiet but I think he really enjoyed it.”

Insp Russ Magnall said in 28 years’ service he could not remember anything like this ever happening.

Insp Magnall added: “It touched my heart and the hearts of all of us working here.”

THANKS: Insp Jim Jones shaking hands with Harley Watson. Right is Insp Russ Magnall and in the background are members of the GMP Bury team


Original article appeared in the Bury Times on 26th September 2017
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