Eastbourne launches Junior Neighbourhood Watch

Eastbourne Police, Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch and Ocklynge School are working in partnership to bring Junior Neighbourhood Watch to Eastbourne.

The scheme will be piloted at Ocklynge School with 16 children aged between 10 and 11 years.

The children will take part in six weeks of training that takes place after school, to encourage them to take a proactive approach in reducing crime at home and in the community.

Volunteers from Neighbourhood Watch will take an active classroom approach to the teaching, in order for the the children to work together in solving problems and puzzles.

Eastbourne District Commander, Chief Inspector Steve Biglands said, “Junior Neighbourhood Watch is a significant enhancement for Neighbourhood watch in Eastbourne.

“I have seen one of the inputs to children and was hugely impressed. It was more like a pantomime than a lesson- hugely enjoyable with a series of good safety messages communicated.”

PC Richard Anderson, Neighbourhood Schools Officer, added, “I am really excited to be involved with the launch of Junior Neighbourhood Watch at Ocklynge School and am certain that the children lucky enough to be selected will benefit immensely from taking part.”