More than 300 pupils from schools across St Neots have taken part in an initiative organised by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The Safety Zone made a welcomed return after being put on hold following the pandemic.

The event was held at St Neots Fire Station where more than 300 pupils from St Marys, Little Paxton, Middlefield, Buckden, Bushmead, Priory, Great Paxton, Eynesbury CoE and Winhills schools took part.

Various partners attended the day including, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire County Council, Woodgreen, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Healthy Schools team.

Pupils were educated on a variety of topics including road safety, CPR, fire safety and staying safe online.

A couple of weeks later a second Safety Zone was then held in Cambridge hosting pupils from Orchard Park Primary, Kings Hedges Primary School, The Grove Primary School, Chesterton Primary School and St Laurence Catholic Primary School.

Station commander Paul Clarke, who is the lead for Children and Young People in Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service commented: “Working with young people and providing them with key safety information at a young age is very important to us and our partners.

"Safety Zones provide an excellent opportunity to engage with young people before they transition from primary to secondary learning and we're so pleased to see the successful return of this valuable provision.”

The service says feedback from the schools involved was very positive including comments about it being “really informative, with age appropriate information provided”.

Schools also said there were a wide range of activities and workshops which meant children were able to learn about a wide range of things and there were lots of practical tips.

The fire service says they hope to organise further Safety Zone’s in the new school year from September.