Safety first for school children

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A group of safety concious children have been presented with certificates after completing a Junior Neighbourhood Watch course.

The 15 Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, from Seymour Primary School, in Broadfield, received their certificates from the mayor Cllr Bob Burgess.

They were joined by Inspector Zahid Khan, of Crawley Police, and members of the Crawley Neighbourhood Watch team.

The children made up the third group from the school, in Seymour Road, to complete the course – and the waiting list was so long that the fourth course has already started.

Derek Pratt, deputy chairman of Crawley NHW, said: “It is always a great pleasure to present certificates to such a happy and committed group of young children.

“I knew that Junior Neighbourhood Watch was very popular, but I was amazed when so many other children leapt at the opportunity to come to the next course.

“We are going to have a very busy time keeping up with demand.”

Cllr Burgess praised the work of the project organisers and added: “I know that from talking to the young people just how much benefit they get from their involvement.

“Anything that can be done to make our young people safer and help them to learn about risks and responsibilities must be a good thing.

Lesley Edrich, of Seymour School, said: “Such is the popularity of this club that we just begun a third course since September. This also the second year in which members of Sussex Police and Crawley Neighbourhood Watch, in partnership with our school have run this course.”