Kids’ message on crime prevention

Hitting the headlines: Pupils from Woodlea Primary School present their own news on criminal damage
Hitting the headlines: Pupils from Woodlea Primary School present their own news on criminal damage
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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing criminal damage is being extended into more Leyland schools.

Pupils at Woodlea Primary School were the latest to stage a special assembly in which they warned their peers about crime, and not to break windows or put graffiti on walls.

More than 60 Year Five youngsters staged the play on Friday, when they were joined by parents, Ch Insp Geoff Hurst and PCSO Tony Wojnarowski, who presented them with certificates.

Teacher Margaret Marsden said: “The children have all enjoyed it and they have learned a lot.

“It allowed them to get their point of view across, and how they don’t want to see graffiti in their neighbourhood.

“I hope that it will influence other children not to commit crime.”

PSCO Wojnarowski, who represents the Leyland St Mary’s area, said: “We have been going around five primary schools in Leyland, and we are looking to roll it out to 11 schools next year.

“It was a superb play. It all started a couple of months ago when I visited here to talk about doing a criminal damage project.

“Not only was it good for the children to do the project, but to pass on to their peers and other people a message of not committing crime.

“Criminal damage affects us all, whether we have to pay increased insurance premiums for broken windows in the area, or even our council tax going up because they have to clean walls.”

Some of the children had the chance to quiz Ch Insp Hurst.

He said: “I was really impressed by some of the searching questions about crime, and I think there is a career in journalism for some of the children.

“Criminal damage such as graffiti is what we call a ‘signal crime’, because people don’t come into an area that does not look pleasant.

“It is great children want to keep the neighbourhood where they live nice.

“I am really encouraged by the young people knowing that there is a down side to criminal damage, and that they can have fun in other ways.”