Two more schools sign up as young detectives

MORE pupils have been recruited into an ever-growing army of Young Detectives using ‘pester power’ to fight crime.

Havelock Junior School in Desborough and Grange Community School in Kettering will work with police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel over the next few weeks after they joined the Young Detectives scheme this week.

PCSO Lizzie Hampson, who launched the scheme at Havelock Junior School on Thursday, said: “The aim of the scheme is to get the children talking and thinking about various issues.

“We’ll be talking to them about ‘stranger danger’, how to prevent burglary and vehicle crime by following advice such as making sure doors and windows are locked and discussing anti-social behaviour.

“We want them to really enjoy and engage in the scheme and we hope that they will be able to help their families to think about how they can reduce the risks of being a victim of crime, by talking about what they have learnt as part of the young detectives programme.”

Pupils at Grange Community School, which was chosen because it is in an area blighted by burglary and vehicle crime, will design cards warning residents to be vigilant and lock cars, doors and windows to be delivered in the area.

The four-week scheme, which is funded by Operation Guardian, the force’s crackdown on serious acquisitive crime, was a huge success when it ran at Park Junior School in November and December.

The hand print card they designed will be delivered to 2,000 homes in All Saints Ward.

PCSO Kirsty Ellerby, who launched the scheme at Grange Community Scheme yesterday, said: “The children are really enjoying the scheme and we hope that they will be raising awareness of how to deter crime within their families by talking about what they’ve been doing.”

Mike Tebbutt, ward councillor for St Giles Ward, Desborough, has provided the funding for the scheme at Havelock Junior School.

He said: “The young detectives programme helps school children to find out more about the work of the police in a fun and interactive way and encourages them to be actively good citizens, both now and in the future.

“I am really pleased to be able to support the work of the police.”