Police workshops look at bad behaviour by Wearside youngsters

PC Richard O'Sullivan from the Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team talking to pupils from Biddick Sports College on their visit to Safety Works in Newcastle.
PC Richard O'Sullivan from the Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team talking to pupils from Biddick Sports College on their visit to Safety Works in Newcastle.
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PUPILS learnt first hand the consequences of bad behaviour at a special series of sessions.

A total of 30 Year 7 and 8 pupils from Biddick School took a trip to Safety Works Interactive Safety Centre in Newcastle to take part in a day of presentations tackling issues, including antisocial behaviour.

The youngsters also took part in a series of workshops looking at fire safety and staying safe on the Metro. They took part in mock-up arrests and being taken to the cells.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Barrett, who covers Washington, said: “The day was one of a series of events where my officers have worked with local schools to help raise the issue of antisocial behaviour with school children.

“In the past year, Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team has worked to improve engagement with primary and secondary schools.

“By listening to the views of headteachers, teachers and pupils we have changed the way we patrol Washington and seen youth-related antisocial behaviour fall significantly.

“Safety Works is an excellent facility where young people can learn about real issues in a fun and innovative way and in the next school year, we’re hoping to develop an initiative which will include all Year 6 students across Washington being offered the chance to visit Safety Works.”

The day was supported by Tyne and Wear Fire and Service, Nexus and St John Ambulance.

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