Forest Heath pupils hone safety skills with the experts

Crucial Crew, 'Mildenhall Stadium. 'St Marys Primary School pupils with Crew Commander Sheldrick and CFV Josh Kozak ANL-150403-232605009
Crucial Crew, 'Mildenhall Stadium. 'St Marys Primary School pupils with Crew Commander Sheldrick and CFV Josh Kozak ANL-150403-232605009

Children from schools across Forest Heath have been sharpening their safety skills at a series of workshops this week.

The Crucial Crew event, held at Mildenhall Stadium in West Row, introduced children from 17 primary schools in Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Brandon and Newmarket to real-life scenarios which required quick thinking and action to keep themselves safe.

It is the 20th year the event has been organised by the Forest Heath Crime Prevention Panel (FHCPP).

Across four days around 450 children in Year 6 learned how to make a 999 call, basic first aid and fire safety, how to stay safe online, protecting their property, and issues around crime and anti-social behaviour.

Representatives from Suffolk Police and local councils attended the event’s opening at the start of the week, including Chief Inspector Kim Warner, policing commander for St Edmundsbury & Forest Heath, Inspector Matt Rose, local policing commander for Forest Heath, and John Bloodworth, Mildenhall Parish Council chair.

Around 170 volunteers helped out at the event, from partner agencies including Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service, Forest Heath District Council Community Safety Partnership, UK Power Networks, Suffolk Police and St John’s Ambulance.