Youngsters from Chorley have been pounding the beat with their local ‘bobbies’ and enjoying a summer of fun activities.

The 24 children have done conservation work and water safety at Yarrow Valley Country Park; crime scene investigation workshops, visited Astley Hall, the police station and the magistrates court.

They also met the Mayor of Chorley, leader of the council and the head of Chorley police, learned about responsible dog ownership, spent a day with Lancashire Fire and Rescue as mini-firefighters and even held an Olympic torch.

The council joined PCSOs, and other partners, for Junior Bobbies, Junior Citizens 2012, which involved children from specific areas of the borough, as part of its neighbourhood working programme.

Coun Terry Brown, who works with the PCSOs for Chorley Council, said: “It’s the first time we have done this and it’s proved a great success.

“The youngsters loved it because they were taken out and about and got to do things they would never normally have done over the school holidays. They’ve had lots of fun, but have also learned a lot too.”

The 24 youngsters, from Chorley Town East, Euxton, Chorley Moor and Coppull, were chosen for the summer treat by their local PCSOs Derek Keeling, Ray Chadwick, Jo Jones and Liz Coleman.