Kids monitor speed

Chelsea Markey, Libby Corcoran, Liam Kelly, Tyler Whitehall and Emily Arnold with Jane Gwilliam, WDH tenant involvement officer, and PC Junaid Farooq.
Chelsea Markey, Libby Corcoran, Liam Kelly, Tyler Whitehall and Emily Arnold with Jane Gwilliam, WDH tenant involvement officer, and PC Junaid Farooq.

YOUNGSTERS have been monitoring the speed of passing cars near their school in Hemsworth.

The pupils from St Helen’s J&I School joined forces with Wakefield District Housing and the South Kirkby neighbourhood police team (NPT) to raise awareness of speeding and road safety.

The children were given the chance to use the police speed monitoring gun as part of the exercise.

Tyler Whitehall, 10 said “I think the speed awareness is really important because people go really fast outside our school. It was really fun to have a go with the gun.”

The event was arranged after parent and school governor Samantha Corcoran saw an article in the Express about traffic monitoring at a school in South Elmsall.

She said “I saw the article and thought it was a really good initiative and I wanted to introduce it to our school too.

“There have been a number of near misses outside the school within the last year so we feel it is really important to raise awareness around speeding and the safety of our children.”

Jane Gwilliam, WDH Tenant Involvement Officer said “It has been a great opportunity for us to work with the local school and West Yorkshire Police on such an important subject.

“The safety of the community is significant to us and we are happy to be a part of it. Learning in this way gets across a key message to the children but in a fun environment”.

PC Junaid Farooq, the NPT’s ward manager for Hemsworth, said “I think it is really good that we are working with WDH, parents, children and members of the public to raise awareness of speeding – it is so important that we keep people safe.”