Felixstowe: Police help Brownies to stay safe on the streets

PCSO Amy Wegg and PCSO Caz Terrell help the 1st Old Felixstowe Brownies to know when it is safe to c

PCSO Amy Wegg and PCSO Caz Terrell help the 1st Old Felixstowe Brownies to know when it is safe to cross the road to help them earn their road safety badges. - Credit: Archant

Girls from the 1st Old Felixstowe Brownies successfully completed their road safety badges – thanks to a little help from the law.

PCSO Caz Terrell quizzes 1st Old Felixstowe Brownie Emily Cheeseman on her road signs.

PCSO Caz Terrell quizzes 1st Old Felixstowe Brownie Emily Cheeseman on her road signs. - Credit: Archant

Police community support officers Caz Terrell and Amy Wegg, part of the Felixstowe Safer Neighbourhood Team, popped along to help the girls and put them through their paces with some practical tests.

They were delighted with what the group – based at the Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road – had been learning towards the badges.

Brown Owl Penny Parker said: “One of the key skills the girls had been learning was crossing the road and the officers took them out in small groups near the community centre to see how they would do, and they all crossed very safely.

“The officers also tested the brownies on their road signs using flash cards and looked at the work they had been doing to design an outfit to wear in which they could be seen and be safe.”

The brownies had also learned about the importance of wearing cycle helmets when out and about on their bikes, and other highway information such as the sequence of traffic lights.

Mrs Parker said: “They all enjoyed working for the badge and found it very useful.

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“The information we tried to give them was as practical as possible so that they might use it whether they were on foot or on their bikes.”

During the evening the girls were presented with their badges and certificates, and six new brownies were enrolled, making their promises in front of the other members of the pack.

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