Grandparents go back to school for safety lesson

playCL''Picture: PC Shamaine Mellish, and pupils Annie Rodgers, 8, and Liam Skingle, 10, with one of the actors. ''Kids and thier grandparents watched a play about distraction burglaries
playCL''Picture: PC Shamaine Mellish, and pupils Annie Rodgers, 8, and Liam Skingle, 10, with one of the actors. ''Kids and thier grandparents watched a play about distraction burglaries
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GRANDPARENTS took a step back in time and returned to the classroom - to watch a school play about distraction burglaries and bogus callers.

Children at Marsh Lane Primary in Eckington, Derbyshire, invited their grandparents to school to watch the play in a bid to educate them about the dangers of doorstep callers.

The play - Trickster the Musical - was performed by trained actors and told the story of a war veteran who is conned by tricksters.

Afterwards the pupils and their grandparents spoke to officers from Eckington and District Safer Neighbourhood Team about personal safety and the grandparents were given hints and tips on how to avoid becoming victims of crime.

Sergeant Mel Hagues, multi-agency team manager for Eckington, said: “Distraction burglary is a despicable crime that not only robs people of material things but also their pride and confidence.

“We hope by educating youngsters they will be encouraged to look out for elderly relatives and pass on important information about staying safe in the home.”

Headteacher Will Smith said: “The children really enjoyed bringing their grandparents into school and hopefully they will remember the messages.”