Pupils from Katesgrove School became ‘mini police’ on Thursday 15 June and helped officers from Thames Valley Police tidy up the area around their school.
The Reading ‘mini police’ project is led by PC Laura Wilson who said that the Katesgrove Lane clean-up was the first community event held as part of that project.
“This is an area where we have had a lot of complaints,” said PC Wilson. “The school are going to ‘adopt’ the area [as part of Reading ‘adopt your street’ ] and the children will go out, not necessarily as mini police, and check the area with their teachers. Parents might want to get involved as well.”
“This kind of project gives ownership to the children and can deter other people from behaving antisocially.”
The children and their adult companions (who dealt with any dangerous items) amassed a haul of about 11 bags of litter, including items that the police will investigate further.