Youngsters learn vital safety messages

VIDEOIPSWICH mayor Inga Lockington today joined youngsters from one of the town's largest primary schools as they learned about personal safety.Pupils from Gusford School spent the morning with Crucial Crew at the Hallowtree Scout Centre learning many lessons about dangers they could face.

IPSWICH mayor Inga Lockington today joined youngsters from one of the town's largest primary schools as they learned about personal safety.

Pupils from Gusford School spent the morning with Crucial Crew at the Hallowtree Scout Centre learning many lessons about dangers they could face.

The scheme has been running now for 15 years and lessons learned during that time have helped save lives.

The weather was not good for outside Crucial Crew events, but among the subjects being taught were road safety, water safety, dangers from electricity, dangers posed by strangers, fire danger, railway risks, and other aspects of personal safety.

Police, firefighters, electricity company staff, volunteer coastguards, and other experts were on hand to tell the youngsters of dangers and how to avoid them.

To emphasise stranger danger groups of children were taken outside for a talk by the police, only to come across teenagers apparently looking for their lost dog.

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It was a scenario aimed to show how easy it was for youngsters to be lured away by people up to no good.

Co-ordinator Lynda Morgan said primary schools from around the Ipswich area were sending ten and 11-year-old pupils to Crucial Crew.

She said: “They are learning vital lessons which will be very useful over the summer holidays and into the future.

“I know of several incidents in which youngsters who have learned basic safety lessons here have gone on to use their knowledge to save lives. If only one life is saved, then it is all worthwhile.”

And Mrs Lockington was very impressed by the work of crucial crew. She said: “We weren't living in the area when my sons were this age, but I wish they had had this kind of training.

“I think it is very useful, very worthwhile and I'm delighted to see all the youngsters really seeming to get the message today.”

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