THANKS to a Dudley policing team, one group of scouts can now follow their motto and ‘be prepared’ for anything the British weather throws at them this summer.

Officers from the Castle and Priory team visited 1st Upper Gornal Scout Group to hand over a donation of £1,500.

To the delight of the scouts and the group leaders, the money will now be used to update camping and cooking equipment.

PCSO Faye Cartwright said: “It’s fair to say that the group’s camping equipment was a little older than the scouts themselves and needed updating.

“We were therefore delighted to hand over the cash to ensure that the group will end a day’s camping well fed and able to enjoy a good night’s sleep in a waterproof tent.

“We can’t wait to hear all about their adventures.”

The cash was donated from the force’s Police Property Act (PPA) which ploughs money linked to criminal activity back into local communities.

PCSO Omar Sharif said: “This group provides an excellent opportunity for local young people to learn a variety of new skills.

“It also provides a great platform for us to speak to the scouts about issues that could affect them or their peers, while at the same time listening to their concerns.

“Everyone involved is a great ambassador for the local community.”