‘Junior Bobbies’ will be on the beat this summer with a host of police-supported activities on the cards for 24 youngsters from around the borough.

The children will have a chance to get involved in conservation and recycling, visit Astley Hall, the police station, and magistrates’ court, take part in crime scene investigation workshops, spend a day with Lancashire Fire and Rescue, and chat with the Mayor of Chorley.

The youngsters, six each from Chorley Town East, Euxton, Chorley Moor, and Coppull, were chosen for the summer treat by their local Police Community Support Officers Derek Keeling, Ray Chadwick, Jo Jones, and Liz Coleman.

The Junior Bobbies Junior Citizens 2012 scheme, which will take place one day a week throughout the summer holidays, is funded through an early support and intervention grant from Lancashire County Council.

PCSO Jones, said: “We’ve done a similar programme the past two summers, but it’s been ext- ended this year so a lot more kids can get invol-ved. They have a great time and it’s a valuable link between ourselves and our communities.”

Coun Terry Brown, who works with the PCSOs for Chorley Council, said: “There’s some exciting projects for the youngsters to get involved with over the summer holidays.

“They’ve already been along to Yarrow Valley Country Park to do some conservation work , find out what the rangers do in the care of the countryside, and learn about playground and water safety.

“They’ve also seen a different side of environmental issues away from the park by visiting the recycling centre at Farington to see the value, and importance, of recycling to the environment,” he added.