Burnham pupils boosted with 1,300 high-visibility vests
safety of youngsters at schools across the Burnham-On-Sea area
has been given a boost this week after the donation of 1,300 high-visibility
Tracey Stiles and her fellow officers at Burnham-On-Sea Police
Station have been supporting local schools by supplying them with
high visibility vests worn by children when they are engaged in
activities outside school.
PC Stiles told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "1,300 vests have
been distributed to all our local schools so that whenever the
children are walking near roads they can be clearly seen. I think
this will help everyone to appreciate how dangerous our roads
can be to young people and at the same time highlight the importance
of road safety to all children. It has been a difficult project
to manage such a large number of resources, but I believe it is
well worth it."
Sara England, who has helped in distributing the vests, added:
"I think this is a really good way that our local police
team can demonstrate how we work within the community to ensure
as many people are as safe as possible whenever possible. The
children have told us they are always really pleased to see us
and look forward to wearing the vests as soon as possible. I think
this will make a real difference."
Burnham County Councillor Burridge Clayton, who donated money
from his council comunity fund for the scheme, added: "When
the Police approached me with their ideas I was more then willing
to offer contributions from the community fund as my focus has
been towards the young people of our town. This shows our commitment
to working in partnership to achieve projects such as this."
costs of providing the vests have been met by contributions by
the County Council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
(top) are Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton, Mrs Janet Sadiq Head Teacher
of Burnham Infant school, and PCSO Andy Dancy and (above) PC Tracey
Stiles with Mr Kevin Roberts Dept Head of Brent Knoll School