A POLICE officer is hoping her artistic view of Bury’s most famous landmark will help raise money for stoke victims.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Natalie Johnson, from the Ramsbottom Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), has marked the 180th anniversary of the police force by drawing a picture of the Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill.

People are being asked to buy a ticket in a raffle for their chance to win the artwork.

All proceeds will be donated to Speakeasy — a charity which supports local people who have suffered a stroke.

PCSO Johnson said: “We held a “meet the police” event on Holcombe Hill to mark the anniversary and my inspector challenged me to draw a picture of the tower.

“After I had finished — and knowing how dearly local people regard the monument — I got the idea to auction it off for Speakeasy as I had recently given a talk on my role as PCSO to a group of people recovering from strokes and thought it would be a different way of raising money for the charity.”

PCSO Johnson is a keen artist and has a National Diploma in Art And Design.

The black and white picture of Peel Tower was drawn with fineliner pen to capture the detail of the stonework on the monument.

The drawing is on display in White’s outdoor clothing shop on Silver Street, Ramsbottom, until December 20, when the prize draw will take place.

Ramsbottom NPT can be contacted on 0161 856 8181 or by sending an email to ramsbottom.npt@ gmp.police.uk.