Children in County Durham invited to create images for Say no to Strangers campaign

Darlington and Stockton Times: PCSO Claire Kerr with police community dogs Ben and Jet PCSO Claire Kerr with police community dogs Ben and Jet

YOUNGSTERS could win a computer for their school as part of a competition to design a mural for the police’s Say no to Strangers campaign.

Author Steve Arkley has written Jet and Ben’s Strange Day Out for the Durham Agency Against Crime.

The book, which features the two community police dogs, is almost finished but primary school children are being asked to provide images for a mural for the centre pages.

They must be based around the six main stranger danger safety rules which include not talking to strangers and not getting into unknown cars.

PCSO Claire Kerr, Jet and Ben’s handler, said: “We are asking the children to come up with six designs in total, all based around different themes relating to stranger danger.

“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.”

Schools are being asked to use coloured pencils to create a design for each of the six rules on A4 paper.

The entries should be sent to PCSO Kerr, Dog Support Unit, The Barns, Enterprise City, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6JF.

Pictures need to be submitted by Friday, February 28. Jet and Ben’s Strange Day Out is to be used by PCSO Kerr when she visits schools.

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