Keeping an eye on crime

YOUNGSTERS at a Clevedon school will soon be able to receive crime reports while in the classroom. Clevedon Community School

YOUNGSTERS at a Clevedon school will soon be able to receive crime reports while in the classroom.Clevedon Community School has teamed up with local police to launch Private Eyes which will see crime reports and appeals for information beam up on plasma screens around the school.The Private Eyes also comes with a special email address which students can use to report information about crimes confidentially. The email can be used by students to report incidents of bullying or any other issues about school life which concerns them.Police are hoping to use the initiative to appeal for information about the growing amount of graffiti appearing across the town. Over the last few months vandals have daubed the sailing club, Herbert Gardens and the former Arriva garage site with spray paint.Police Community Support Officer Linda Richards, who is pioneering the scheme with the school's youth watch group, said: "The plasma screens are dotted around the school and are an excellent way of getting information across to students. Graffiti is an issue in the town at the moment so this is something we are going to use Private Eyes for, possibly including the tags of those responsible for the graffiti."The screens will also be used to send out safety messages, advice and tips and we also want to encourage students to use it to report things such as incidents, bullying or drug taking."The Private Eyes' email address will be circulated to parents via the school's newsletter.PCSO Richards added: "It's not just the students which can help us, but the parents too."They may be concerned about things happening in school and want to report them and we are going to advertise the initiative and the email address in the newsletter."The school currently has an active youth watch group which has already set up a peer listeners group and a special room where students can go and talk about any concerns they have about school life.The Private Eyes' email address is private-eyes@clevedon.n-somerset.sch.uk


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