Doncaster horror spot given the Royal honours

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A rundown wasteland which was the scene of a crime that shocked the nation has been given the Royal seal of approval after its transformation.

Martin Wells Lake at Edlington hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2009, when two young boys were subjected to a catalogue of horrific torture and attempted murder by two brothers who were later sentenced to indefinite detention.

But, since the sickening crime which sent shockwaves through the village, the area has been restored by volunteers intent on putting Edlington back on the map for good.

The Friends of Martin Wells Lake were delighted to be among 40 community projects from across Yorkshire and the Humber to be presented with an award in recognition of their inspirational work by the Duke of York at a ceremony held at Bridlington Spa.

The overgrown eyesore has been transformed into a park space by volunteers.

Maureen Tennison, project treasurer, said: “This award recognises the hard work and effort the group has put in to transform the Martin Wells Lake area.

“We are constantly thinking of new ways to build on our success and create a wonderful space for everyone to enjoy.”

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, which has helped the volunteers secure funding for the project, said: “The group should be very proud of the work they’ve done for the people of Edlington.

“This prestigious award is well deserved and we have been delighted to support this community initiative over recent years.”