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Havering’s junior citizens learn safety tips during special fortnight

PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 June 2017

Branfil Primary School and St Patrick's Catholic Primary School pupils with the mayor Councillor Linda Van den Hende and Det Sup Jane Scotchbrook. Picture: Melissa Page

Branfil Primary School and St Patrick's Catholic Primary School pupils with the mayor Councillor Linda Van den Hende and Det Sup Jane Scotchbrook. Picture: Melissa Page

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As hundreds of children prepare to make the transition to secondary school after the summer term, a special project is helping to prepare them for travelling alone.

More than 1,700 pupils from 29 schools across the borough were taught travel and social safety tips during a special junior citizens fortnight.

Organised by Havering Council, the project was run in conjunction with the Met and equipped children with much needed skills.

Det Sup Jane Scotchbrook said: “This event is a good opportunity for primary school children who are transitioning to secondary school to learn the best way to conduct themselves in and out of school.”

Youngsters learned about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and knife crime, and received safety advice about travelling on buses and trains.

“The partnership approach to this event means that the schoolkids can learn more skills and tips that they can have for life, and helps to improve safety in the borough,” she added.

Officers from the London Fire Brigade also carried out a variety of scenarios to teach Year Six pupils what to do in the event of a fire.

The council’s environment team also showed youngsters cycle safety tips and encouraged them not to litter.

Children were amazed to find out that it takes the team up to three months to clean chewing gum off one street in Romford.

Cabinet member for environment and community safety, Councillor Osman Dervish, said: “The junior citizens project educates young people at the right time as most of these children are travelling alone for the first time and need to know the safest way to do this.

“It is also when pupils face a greater exposure to drugs and alcohol, and our children must know how to remain safe at all times.

Children were split into teams and given different topics and scenarios which they had to guess the answers for.

The winning team will be awarded certificates and win a lunch with the mayor Councillor Linda Van den Hende at the town hall.

The special fortnight will continue to run until Friday 7 July.

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