Driving home the anti-bullying message at Tavistock Infant School

BTP Chief Inspector Matthew Allingham paid a visit to Tavistock Infants School in Fleet recently, to talk to schoolchildren about the importance of letting someone know if they are being bullied.

Tavistock Infant School, Fleet

During his visit, CI Allingham visited the pre-school to show the youngsters some BTP equipment — they even got to sit in a real-life police car!

He also gave a talk to 267 other children who are aged between 4 and 7. He told them about the role of a police officer, when to call 999 and how they too can become police officers.

CI Allingham said: "The aim of the visit was to get the children engaged and to make them feel more comfortable about approaching us if they need to. This was then linked to the importance of telling their teachers and parents if they are being bullied."

The youngsters were also given some important advice on staying safe on or around the railway, including the dangers of playing near railway lines.

The children were even shown some of CI Allingham's equipment and got to try on different police hats, as well as get their hands on some official BTP merchandise like pencils and notepads.

CI Allingham continued: "The day was really fun for the children. It got them excited about learning safety messages, while also spreading the school's anti-bullying message at the same time."

Help your children prepare for travelling on the railway by following our advice for unaccompanied children.

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