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Girl, 11, builds bird box in memory of police officer

11-year-old Ellie has used her spare time to design and paint a bird box in memory of PC Scott Durber. Credit: West Midlands Police

An 11-year-old has built a bird box in the memory of a police officer who died from cancer.

Ellie spent this Christmas designing and painting the bird box for PC Scott Durber who died in 2018.

The schoolgirl from Sandwell has been volunteering with the Sandwell Partnerships team since last year.

She helped to host a cancer club in the area, supporting those affected by the illness and raising money for those in need.

Ellie's mother (left), Ellie (middle) handing over the bird box to WMP Superintendent Martin Hurcomb (right). Credit: West Midlands Police

Ellie became aware of PC Durber's death after seeing fundraising posters for a bike ride that officers took part in to honour his work.

She then set about thinking what she could do to keep his memory alive.

The box was installed above a memorial bench at the back of West Bromwich police station. Credit: West Midlands Police

The youngster met with West Midlands Police Superintendent Martin Hurcomb last week to hand over the bird box.

The bird feeding box was installed above a memorial bench at the back of West Bromwich police station.

Everyone from the force thank Ellie for her efforts in 'doing something so kind and thoughtful'.

Credit: West Midlands Police

“It was a real privilege to meet Ellie and her mother and to receive the bird box in memory of Scott.

“I know this gesture will mean a great deal to Scott’s family and police colleagues, and I find Ellie’s story truly inspiring.

“For someone to go above and beyond to bring happiness, for me, it demonstrates one of the force’s values of offering friendship.

“It’s amazing to see an 11-year-old offer friendship towards us, the police.”

– West Midlands Police, Superintendent Martin Hurcomb: