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Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Police Cadets Raise More Than £2000

The Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Police Cadets have been out and about helping in the local community and raised more than £2000 in the process!

Cadets have been bag packing at Sainsburys in Clitheroe where they raised over £600, collected £400 at a fundraising event at Oswaldtwistle Mill and took part in a sponsored walk where they raised more than £1000.

In addition, they’ve been building a sensory path for All Saints School in Clayton le Moors and tree planting at St Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington

The Senior Cadets also helped out at the recent Accrington Christmas Lights Switch on, where they buddied up with several special constables and patrolled the town centre.

Members of the public will also see the cadets out in Great Harwood on 14 December with the Neighbourhood Police Teams handing out jingle bells and crime prevention advice.

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre who co-ordinates the cadet scheme in Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley said:  “This is all in addition to their weekly club sessions at Accrington & Rossendale College where they have been learning about Trading Standards, ARU, practising on the Police Radios and fitness tests.

“The money raised will hopefully go to help pay for Army away days and overnight expeditions next year.”

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Pupils in Fleetwood enter domestic abuse poster competition

Lancashire Constabulary and Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA) have been speaking with pupils at Shakespeare Primary School in Fleetwood about domestic abuse after the school took part in a poster competition.

The Year 5 pupils were asked to design a poster encouraging young people to speak to an adult they trust if they were experiencing problems and needed support.

Detective Chief Inspector Sue Cawley, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Young people may suffer abuse without even realising it and it’s important that they learn what constitutes a healthy relationship. We hope that by talking to young people about this issue we can give them the confidence to seek help if they need it, but also to prevent people from becoming abusive.

“We appreciate these pupils are young, but by asking them to design a poster we hope it has prompted them to think about domestic abuse and what a healthy relationship means to them.”

Claire Jackson, a Domestic Violence and Social Media Worker from FCWA, said: “For too many children and young people, home is far from a safe haven. Many children of different ages are exposed to domestic abuse.

“Children can live with it for many years before seeking help or realising that this isn’t what a healthy relationship is like. This can have a powerful and profound impact on their lives. Raising awareness amongst children and young people is key in order to help them live a life free from abuse and to help break the cycle.”
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A selection of the posters that the children submitted

Police cadets are already making a difference

Police cadets are already making a difference

HYNDBURN and Ribble Valley’s police cadets have recently been helping out the community, getting involved in events across East Lancashire.

Most recently, the 16 senior cadets aged 16 to18, assisted at ‘Fright Night’ at Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle and also the Rotary Club bonfire and firework display at Accrington Cricket Club, representing Lancashire Constabulary, ushering the crowds and interacting with the public.

Helping towards funding themselves, the team also took part in a sponsored walk on 28 October, walking almost 10 miles to raise in excess of £700. They started at the Nick of Pendle, finishing at Accrington Town Hall, where they were officially thanked by the mayor of Hyndburn, Judith Addison, for their help in the community.

Both the 26 junior cadets aged 13 to 15 and the senior cadets, also got down and dirty when they helped out a local school to build a sensory path for the pupils and teachers to use. The youngsters worked together, digging and moving soil to build the path at All Saints C of E Primary School in Clayton le Moors, with the help of the deputy head Nicola Saporita-Clarke and staff member Gordon Preston.

They are currently arranging to go back to the school in December to finish the project off and to look at new opportunities to help out.

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre who co-ordinates the cadet scheme in Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley said “Our cadets have been involved in some events that have helped out the community and we already have so much more planned for them.

“They seem to be really enjoying themselves, whilst building skills such as team work, people skills and using their own initiative.

“Before Christmas people will see the cadets out and about bag packing at Sainsbury’s in Clitheroe, tree planting at St Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington and there are plans for a potential swimathon.

“We will additionally be collecting money in Oswaldtwistle Mills so if people would like to donate to help us run the cadet scheme, please give what you can. The cadets really do appreciate every penny and will put the money to good use so they can make a difference in their community as well as their own lives, building on and learning new skills that will stay with them.

“If you have an event in your area that you need some assistance with and you think the cadets can help towards, please ring me on 01254 353227.

“Similarly, if there are any local businesses who would like to help towards funding, please get in touch.”

The police cadet scheme is majority self-funded meaning that the cadets have to undertake fundraising activities themselves.

They started their training on Tuesday 10 September but were officially sworn in on Tuesday 22 October 2013.

The scheme aims to provide the teenagers enrolled, who are aged 13 to 18, with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a structured programme.

Although they are not able to undertake independent patrols or have any legal powers, the scheme gives them a chance to express their feelings on policing issues and perform tasks including crime prevention initiatives, delivering leaflets, attending local events and helping out with community initiatives.

Let’s look out for each other

Do you have a bike? Do you enjoy cycling?

Lancashire Constabulary is urging motorists and cyclists to be aware of each other on the roads, as they launch a campaign with the message ‘Let’s look out for each other’.
Pedal cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users who currently account for 6.5 per cent of all casualties and 10.2 per cent of those killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads and during the last 12 months there has been an increase in casualties.

TOP TIPS FOR CYCLISTS

Be respectful of other road users when you’re out on your bike and follow these top tips to make sure they can see you and you stay safe:
1. Look and signal clearly to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you.
2. Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen.
3. Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
4. Wear light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark.
5. Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.
6. THINK! recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.
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Why not sign up for Bikeability?

Bikeability is known as ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century. It is a training course for children and young people, giving you the skills and confidence needed to ride your bike on all types of routes, including roads.

Useful websites

THINK! Road safety information – http://think.direct.gov.uk/
Highway Code – Rules for cyclists – https://www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82
Bikeability – http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=4980&pageid=27224&e=e
National cyclists’ organisation – www.ctc.org.uk
British Cycling – http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/

The Unusual Suspects

Want to see what these unusual suspects have been up to? Take a look at the video here:

Anti-social behaviour isn’t funny at any age.
It’s important to note that it’s not just young people who commit anti-social behaviour. A lot of adults also show a lack of respect to those around them, and by their actions might cause people to feel unsafe.

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to working with partner organisations across the county to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) in our communities.

Preston Police Cadet Scheme

LANCASHIRE Constabulary has welcomed 99 new police cadets in Accrington and Preston.

A total of 52 cadets – 27 juniors and 25 seniors– have started in Preston.
Sgt Helen Dixon, who is coordinating the scheme in Preston, added: “We are really excited about the launch of the scheme in Preston. The cadets we have recruited are enthusiastic and keen to get stuck into the programme.

“We are looking forward to working with them and hope that this will give them something positive to do as well as assisting them with their future career prospects.

“Please check back on this page as the cadets themselves will be updating it with news and details of events and activities that they will be involved with.”

Police cadet schemes

Police cadet schemes up and running in Accrington and Preston

LANCASHIRE Constabulary has 99 new police cadets starting in Accrington and Preston next week.

The cadet scheme provides teenagers aged 13 to 18 with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a range of activities.

A total of 47 cadets – 30 juniors aged 13-15, and 17 seniors aged 16-18 – have started in Accrington.

52 cadets – 27 juniors and 25 seniors– have also started in Preston.

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre, who is coordinating the cadet scheme in Accrington, said: “This is a great scheme which we are extremely pleased to be able to offer to young people in the local area.

“The cadets bring with them a wealth of skills to the programme and to their community, truly representing the people that we serve and their own age groups in such a positive way.

“It’s going to be great working with youngsters who really want to make a difference to their community as well as their own lives, building on and learning new skills that will stay with them.

“They are all fired up and ready to get on with what we have planned for them.”

Sgt Helen Dixon, who is coordinating the scheme in Preston, added: “We are really excited about the launch of the scheme in Preston. The cadets we have recruited are enthusiastic and keen to get stuck into the programme.

“We are looking forward to working with them and hope that this will give them something positive to do as well as assisting them with their future career prospects.”

It’s not a game

You might fancy a dip, especially now the weather is warming up – but think again.

If you go for a swim in a reservoir, lake or quarry you are risking your life!

Reservoirs may look like tempting places to cool off on a hot day, but with their icy waters, steep sides, hidden currents and sudden drops, even the strongest swimmer can quickly get into serious trouble. The same goes for lakes and quarries too.

Find out more at United Utilities.

Don’t be a target!

You may not realise it, but there is a risk that your things will be stolen from you if you do not take care when you are out and about.

There are a number of things you can do to stay safe, such as following the tactics below:

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Are they using you?

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Most people that we come into contact with in our day-to-day life our genuine, but sometimes you can come across people who might try to take advantage of you and may persuade or force you to do things you don’t want to do.

It could be a friend, or a group of friends, or someone you think of as a boyfriend or girlfriend, or it could be someone you have chatted to online.

Knowing the signs that can lead to someone taking advantage of you can help to keep you safe.

Signs:

  • This person might try to give you money, drugs, alcohol or gifts in return for something they want.
  • They may flatter you, give you lots of attention and make you feel special but then ask you to do things which don’t seem right.
  • They might start to make promises they can’t keep and try to control you, threaten you or become violent if you don’t do what they want.
  • They might try to take you away from your family and friends.
  • They may pressure you to have sex with them or someone else, do something sexual to them or look at images or films that make you feel uncomfortable.

If you are worried that this is happening to you or a friend talk to an adult you can trust as soon as possible.

If you are in immediate danger or need urgent help then call then police on 999.

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