Thief warning posters are delivered by pupils

Park Junior School pupil Rhys Barnes, 10, with PCSOs and friends delivering the posters designed by children
Park Junior School pupil Rhys Barnes, 10, with PCSOs and friends delivering the posters designed by children
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Pupils have been out on the beat with police delivering flyers designed by a classmate warning against thieves.

Three pupils from Park Junior School in Kettering went out with members of the town’s safer community team to deliver a warning flyer designed by classmate Molly Phillips as part of the Young Detectives scheme.

Ben Ettridge, 11, of Park View, Kettering, who went out with police after coming runner-up in the contest to design the flyer, said: “It was fun and it felt like we were doing something good because we were warning them about the dangers of crime.”

Ben and fellow pupils Ruby Hamilton and Rhys Barnes delivered the flyers, which feature the outline of a hand containing colourful warnings to lock doors, windows and cars, in Wood Street and Nelson Street.

Each of the school’s 350 pupils was given a flyer to take home to warn their household. The remainder of the thousands of flyers printed will be delivered in All Saints Ward by PCSOs from the safer community team whenever they spot a unsecured door, window or car.

PCSO Kirsty Ellerby, who led the four-week project in November and December and is now running one at the Grange Community School, Kettering, said: “It has been really good. The kids have loved it. We have loved it. It’s helping stop crime before it happens.”

Year 6 teacher Ian Lipscomb, who has helped co-ordinate the project at the school, said: “It has come full circle now. The children designed the art work and they have put the professional version through the letterboxes.

“It has helped them get more involved in the community.”

The winner of the poster design competition at the Grange will be announced on Friday.

The project will launch at St Andrew’s Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School in the coming months.