Cambridgeshire’s top cop is so impressed by a local young artist’s creation that he has personally requested to keep it in his office.
Harry Redman, 13, was not shortlisted in the 11 to 13-years category in last month’s ArtReach 2016 – an awards scheme celebrating creative young people across East Cambridgeshire.
But Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Alec Wood was so impressed by Harry’s piece, depicting a couple embracing, that he wrote to him, asking if he could keep it in his office at Police Headquarters in Hinchingbrooke.
Sgt Phil Priestley said: “When the shortlisting was done locally, Mr Wood didn’t get to see Harry’s piece.
“When he saw it on display before the event he immediately pointed it out as his favourite.”
The theme of the contest was “mood or emotion”, and police were hoping to use winning pieces to decorate the “stark white walls” of the newly refurbished Ely Police Station.
Harry has granted the Chief Constable permission to keep his work on display at Headquarters and promises to follow up with another submission for next year’s Art Reach.
The final event, hosted at Kings School in Ely last month, saw 18 young artists shortlisted and five awarded prizes for their outstanding submissions.