Fighting crime

Give us a clue: youngsters from the OSCARS play group turned investigators to solve a crime as they enjoyed a CSI day at their Brinkburn club house. Pictured, rear, left to right, are: Callum Laking, Nathan Pilcher and Matt Penfold, while the front row, from left, are: Jaidon (CORR) Wood, Connor Hales and Jack Harrow.
Give us a clue: youngsters from the OSCARS play group turned investigators to solve a crime as they enjoyed a CSI day at their Brinkburn club house. Pictured, rear, left to right, are: Callum Laking, Nathan Pilcher and Matt Penfold, while the front row, from left, are: Jaidon (CORR) Wood, Connor Hales and Jack Harrow.

YOUNG crimefighters took on the role of detective to enjoy a fun-packed day.

OSCARS, a Hartlepool Borough Council-run out-of-school care club, hosted the crime scene investigation day at their base in Catcote Road, Hartlepool.

Youngsters used magnifying glasses and finger printing techniques to solve crimes at the base at West Hartlepool Rugby Club with OSCARS staff all interviewed by the children looking to solve an alleged theft.

Claire Gibson, assistant co-ordinator of OSCARS, said: “The children absolutely loved it.

“We split the older children into groups to help solve the case and it was great to help boost their teamwork skills.”

The crime scene investigation was just one event in a busy week and summer programme for the children at OSCARS which included a trip to the beach, a fancy dress fundraising day and a visit to Preston Park, in Stockton.

In previous weeks, the children have also taken part in a ‘Ready Steady Cook-style Challenge’, a trip to Hartlepool’s Vue cinema and spent time making and flying kites, with many other fun-filled days still to come before the end of the holidays.

The Oscar Playcentre first opened its doors in July 1993 at The Avondale Centre, in Dyke House, to help parents access employment, education and training by providing affordable childcare.

This year it is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

In 1997, the Hartlepool Borough Council-run service, expanded and opened its second scheme at Wynyard Road Community Centre, in the Owton Manor area and a year later a further centre opened in Miers Avenue, in the West View area of Hartlepool.

Over the years Oscars has operated from other venues around the town but in 2012 the service was merged into a single site at West Rugby Club, in Catcote Road, after major funding cuts imposed by the Government.

OSCARS’ out-of-school summer programme runs until September 3. For information call 07771936968.