Cadets learn to be safe on the road

Members of the Hartlepool Police Cadets.

Members of the Hartlepool Police Cadets.

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CRIME-fighting youngsters had to be cut out of a car as part of a demonstration into road safety.

Around 20 members of Hartlepool Police Cadets found out about the dangers of road collisions during an action-packed trip to Stranton Fire Station, in Stockton Street.

The youngsters played their part in mock-up road traffic collisions and some had to be cut out of cars as fire-officers demonstrated their techniques.

The fire crew also offered the teenagers some words on how to stay safe on the road, with some of the cadets starting their driving lessons.

Hartlepool Police Cadets is a project supported by Cleveland Police and Safe in Tees Valley.

The youngsters involved get the opportunity to take part in a number of activities and projects throughout the Tees Valley and get the chance to put forward their ideas on cutting out crime and anti-social behaviour. Gary Liddell, a Hartlepool police community support officer (PCSO) who is also the cadets co-ordinator, said the trip proved a huge success.

He said: “It was a really interesting visit for the youngsters and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“It was fantastic for them to actually take part in the activities. A few members of the cadets have just started their driving lessons, so it makes them realise just how important it is to be safe on the roads.”

The PCSO added: “We do a lot of activities with the cadets, but this was a nice change for them, it’s something different and hopefully they will have learnt a lot from it.”

Anyone who is interested in joining the cadets can e-mail Gary on GaryJohn.Liddell@cleveland.pnn.police.uk.