A spell in the cells for pupils

YOUNGSTERS in Backwell and Flax Bourton got a taste of what life is like for those who fall foul of the law. Students from schools in the two villages took part in a special Prison Education day being held at the village hall and magistrates court on Nove

YOUNGSTERS in Backwell and Flax Bourton got a taste of what life is like for those who fall foul of the law.Students from schools in the two villages took part in a special Prison Education day being held at the village hall and magistrates court on November 1.The special event was organised by Avon and Somerset Police in partnership with Horfield Prison and security firm Reliance.More than 100 children spent the day looking around the magistrates' court and talking to police and police community support officers about the risks of becoming involved in crime.They also sat in on a mock trial at the court, took a tour of the cells and had their fingerprints taken as a souvenir of the day.There was also a special mobile prison cell at the village hall and talks by teams of experts on life in prison and the process of taking criminals through the court process.The day was organised by Backwell beat officer PC Greig Difford Police and Community Support Officer Charlotte Thompson.PCSO Thompson said: "It was a fun day with a serious message about how easy it is to fall foul of the law and how it can affect your life in the future.


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