Police give pupils a lift

PUBLISHED: 16:55 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

Supt Adrian Walter and Insp Phillipa Dowsett with pupils at The Valley School

Supt Adrian Walter and Insp Phillipa Dowsett with pupils at The Valley School

THE number 13 is said to be unlucky for some but not for the pupils of the Valley School in Stevenage. They were presented with 13 bikes by officers from Stevenage police station on Friday, October 13. The bikes, which have been found or handed in to poli

THE number 13 is said to be unlucky for some but not for the pupils of the Valley School in Stevenage.

They were presented with 13 bikes by officers from Stevenage police station on Friday, October 13.

The bikes, which have been found or handed in to police and whose owners cannot be traced, have been given to the school to help pupils with road safety awareness.

They were handed over by eastern area deputy commander Supt Adrian Walter and Insp Phillipa Dowsett.

"Many of the bikes have been in the property store at Stevenage police station for a number of months and despite efforts to reunite them with their owners have not been claimed," said Insp Dowsett.

"This is an excellent opportunity for us to help the children at the Valley School to learn more about safer cycling whilst improving their general awareness of road safety."

Headteacher David Harrison said: "I am delighted by the donation of 13 bicycles by Hertfordshire Constabulary. This generosity will enable us to do a considerable amount of work towards cycling proficiency and overall confidence with the pupils at Valley School.

"Thanks must also go to Paul's Cycles of Hitchin who are supporting the school with the repair of the bicycles and with the provision of some much needed safety equipment to enable the planned projects to go ahead.

"We plan to start to use the bicycles as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme activities for our Year 9 pupils.

"Special thanks go to Insp Dowsett for considering the Valley School when this opportunity arose.


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