Schools learn crucial skills

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Hundreds of primary school children were taught how to stay safe in nine different scenarios at a special event at Mildenhall Stadium this week.

Crucial Crew, now in its 19th year, held interactive workshops to represent potentially dangerous real-life situations.

Organisations involved in running the event included Suffolk Fire Service, police, Forest Heath District Council’s community safety partnership, the Red Cross and the Women’s Institute.

Youngsters learned about fire safety, basic first aid, staying safe online, protecting property, and issues around criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

Each scenario took around ten minutes to complete, before the youngsters moved on to the next task.

Paddocks Primary school pupil Alex Latta, said: “I’ve learnt when you should call 101 instead of 999.”

The event, opened on Monday by Suffolk’s Chief Constable Douglas Paxton together with Cllr David Bowman and Panel Vice- Chair David Overton, was run on behalf of Forest Heath Crime Prevention Panel. To watch a video of one of the scenarios, visit




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