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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-30

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Sefton Schools Trip of Lifetime to Lapland

SEFTON School children who won an anti scrambler bike poster project have returned from their Christmas trip of a lifetime to Lapland.

The children, from 5 schools in Bootle, Litherland and Netherton, flew over to Finland and were taken to the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle, where they took part in sledging and sleigh rides, before meeting Santa himself. They returned to England in time for Christmas, as Santa had some important work to finish with his elves.

The 5 schools involved were:-

Lander Road Primary School, Litherland.

All Saints Primary School, Bootle.

St Monica's Primary School, Bootle.

St Oswalds C of E Primary School, Netherton.

The Grange Primary School, Bootle.

The project was set up by Constable Alan Thompson from Bootle Neighbourhood team, Sefton Council, Alder Hey Children's Hospital and the L30 Millions Project, and aims to highlight the impact off road bikes have on local communities.

During the autumn term, children from the schools were taken on adventure days, including a day out at Crosby Lakeside Centre, and in school designed anti scrambler bike posters as part of the project.

Constable Thompson said:- "It was a magical trip for the children and adults alike and I am so pleased that the childrens' enthusiasm and imagination in getting involved has led to such a spectacular reward."

The 16 winners of the poster competition were presented their certificates by Graham Sharp, Jamie Carragher at a ceremony in November at Merseyside Police Headquarters, before the grand unveiling of the children's prize to Lapland.

Speaking at the time of the presentation, Sefton Neighbourhood Inspector Ian Jones said:- "This has been a very successful local project highlighting the dangers associated with off road bikes and how they can affect our communities. We know that these bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of the Sefton community and beyond. We strongly believe that education and engagement is such an important part of eradicating the problem, working alongside Sefton Council and our other partners. We hope that by getting involved, the young people have learned some valuable lessons to share far and wide, and that they enjoy their prize."

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:- "It will be a pleasure to watch these young people, who have shown enthusiasm and energy for this project, receive their prizes. This initiative has got the young people really thinking about the dangers and consequences of using off road bikes. I often hear from people across Merseyside about the fear and anxiety the illegal use of these bikes causes in our communities; that is why it is so important we engage with our young people from an early age and help steer them away from getting involved in such dangerous behaviour. I congratulate the winners and all the young people who have taken part, as well as the officers and staff who have worked on this effective campaign."

Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney said:- "We are delighted Schools in Sefton have so successfully raised awareness of the dangers scrambler bikes can cause, to individuals and the wider community. The posters that the children have made are wonderful and send a powerful message to those engaging in this sort of anti social behaviour. We are so pleased to have worked in partnership with these wonderful organisations to make this well deserved trip happen."


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