A DEESIDE community project has scooped a High Sheriff Award.

Deeside Safer Neighbourhood Team's 'Op Skip Jump', based in Connah's Quay, and led by PC James Tapley, were joint winners for this year’s Crimebeat Project of the Year at the awards evening held at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

The project involved young people identifying several run down areas in need of regeneration and deciding to restore a community park.

The area previously did not instil a sense of pride in the local area as it was an eyesore and youths congregated in the area thinking it was acceptable to cause further damage.

The young people involved in the project met at the park every week over the summer to clean, re-paint and add plants to the area. The hard work of the group paid off with the area being much more appreciated and admired by the local community.

The annual High Sheriff Awards have been held in Clwyd and Gwynedd to celebrate the fantastic work being done to make a positive difference in the local community.

The awards recognise volunteers and community projects across North Wales.

Lady Hanmer, High Sheriff of Clwyd 2018/19, presented the awards on the evening.

She said: "When writing to each nominator, successful or otherwise, I realized just how many fantastic people there are in North Wales ready to give huge amounts of their time in order to help others less fortunate than themselves.”

The Deeside Safer Neighbourhood Team shared the award with Rhyl Safer Neighbourhood Team for their Rhyl Summer Rugby project.