Armed unit in school visit

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AN ARMED police response unit called in to a South Yorkshire college after a student contacted officers.

Barnsley College public services students received education on the impact of gun and knife crime at a presentation by members of the South Yorkshire armed response unit.

Student Kurt Fairhurst, who follows the unit on social networking site Twitter, invited the team with a Tweet.

Kurt said: “I follow the team and thought it would be interesting for us to hear the talk they do in schools and colleges.”

The presentation, by PC Matt Birch, a close protection officer, and tactical advisor PC Kirk Hardwick, as part of the Guns and Knives Take Lives initiative explained to the students the impact of carrying a weapon.

Risks of death or serious injury, plus travel problems, were explained.

Students also saw hard-hitting videos which showed the real-life consequences of gun and knife crime.