Pupils have designs on book prize

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PUPILS are being invited to test their artistic skills to warn others of stranger danger.

Dogs Jet and Ben, who tour primary schools across Durham to promote “Say no to Strangers” advice will feature in a new book about the subject.

Durham Agency Against Crime commissioned Jet and Ben’s Strange Day Out, which was written by local author Steve Arkley.

Before it is released, primary schools across County Durham are being invited to design a mural for the book’s centre pages.

Jet and Ben’s handler, Police Community Support Officer Claire Kerr, said: “All six winning entries will be placed into the book, but whoever comes up with the best overall design will also win a desktop computer for their school, donated by Durham Agency Against Crime.”

The entries need to be submitted by Friday, February 28 and need to be based on the following rules: Do not talk to strangers, remember the adults you trust, check with them first you must, it is ok to yell, then run away and tell, it is safer with two, your friend and you, there is nothing to say and just walk away, do not get in the car run fast and far.

Schools are asked to send in designs on A4 paper using coloured pencils to PCSO Claire Kerr, dog support unit, The Barns, Enterprise City, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6JF.