Helping cut crime

Children on the crime fighting project with their work.

Children on the crime fighting project with their work.

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A YOUTH club is helping to tackle crime by coming up with catchy slogans to remind people how to stop crooks.

The Families First project has seen up to 10 children at a time working with volunteers and crimefighters at Cafe 177, in York Road, Hartlepool.

They have been designing leaflets and posters that could be used to get across key messages to people in the town about how they can protect their property.

Pauline Harker, from Families First, has been running the month-long scheme, which has the theme “darker nights” as thefts can rise when days get shorter.

She has been helped by Colin Hopkins, a crime prevention advisor, Victim Support worker Lorna Hilton and police community safety officer (PCSO) Simon Thompson.

The project will also see the youngsters visit Hartlepool Police Station, in Avenue Road.

Mr Hopkins, who is based in the York Road community office, said: “Pauline came to see me to work with the youngsters on a crime prevention project and I was delighted to help.

“We told the children what we were looking to do and they have tried very hard and have come up with some very good work.

“It has been great seeing them getting involved and coming up with ideas, we couldn’t have asked for any more and it will be hard picking which one is the best.”

Hartlepool Mail crime reporter Mark Thompson will be picking the best effort out of the bunch this week and the winner could be put into production and its message spread around the town.A presentation will then take place on October 20, when Mail editor Joy Yates will award the group certificates for their endeavours.