Road safety dangers highlighted

The South East neighbourhood policing team visiting Grove Lea Primary School, Hemsworth as part of a road safety campaign week. PC Jackson and pupils
The South East neighbourhood policing team visiting Grove Lea Primary School, Hemsworth as part of a road safety campaign week. PC Jackson and pupils

MORE than 1,100 children across Hemsworth were taught about road safety as part of a national campaign.

The South East neighbourhood policing team (NPT) together with Wakefield and District Housing and Wakefield Council, visited eight schools across the town last week and taught children about the dangers of the roads as part of national Road Safety Week.

Older pupils got the chance to try out a speed laser gun and the infants worked with the council’s Street Feet team to learn how to cross the road safely.

PC Amanda Blunt, safer schools officer at the NPT, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. Over 1,100 children have been educated in relation to road safety across Hemsworth which is brilliant.”

“The kids have thoroughly enjoyed it. They have had great enthusiasm, behaved really well and they have absolutely loved it.

Youngsters at Grove Lea Primary School got the chance to see the NPT’s new off-road motorbike last Thursday which was brought in last month to help tackle illegal off-road motorbikes.

PC Blunt added: “Motorbikes are a bit of an issue in our area so we are hoping that by educating them on the risks while they are young it will have an impact.”