Pupils head for the cells

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

YOUNGSTERS in Backwell and Flax Bourton are to get a taste of what life is like for those who fall foul of the law.Students from schools in the two villages are to take part in a special Prison Education day being held at the village hall and magistrates court on November 1.The special event is being organised by Avon and Somerset Police in partnership with Horfield Prison and security firm Reliance.More than 100 children will spend a day next month looking around the magistrates court and talking to police and police community support officers about the risks of becoming involved in crime.They will also be able to sit in on a mock trial at the court, take a tour of the cells and have their fingerprints taken as a souvenir of the day.There will also be a special mobile prison cell at the village hall so children can see what it is like to be locked up and there will be talks by a team of experts on life in prison and the process of taking criminals through the court process.The day is being organised by Backwell beat officer PC Greig Difford Police Community Support Officer Charlotte Thompson and is the second event of its kind to be held in the village.PC Difford said: "The youngsters will be able to get a real feel of what would happen should they fall foul of the law."The day will fill in the gaps between low level antisocial behaviour and the rapid decline into serious crime, the process which criminals go through and the consequences."It will explain how the criminal justice system works and educate young people how to stay away from trouble and drive home the message that crime does not pay."The court will also stay open after the event ends so parents collecting their children can look around the buildings and the display and speak to officers.


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