POLICE in Coppull have been rewarding children for wearing cycling helmets.

Officers have been speaking to youngsters about the importance of wearing a helmet and have been giving out special activity packs to those who follow road safety advice.

Coppull Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Maria Fetherstone said: “This is about encouraging children to wear a cycling helmet and helping them to stay safe on our roads.

“Wearing a helmet can help to prevent injuries and can even save a life.

“The children have been very responsive to this initiative and have been queuing up to get the packs.”

The packs, which contain a certificate, a bookmark, a toy and a competition entry slip, have been supplied by the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust.

Angela Lee, Chief Executive of the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, said: “We are delighted that the Force is participating with this initiative.

“A total of 33,000 packs have been handed out across the country and they are a great way of interacting with young people on road safety.”

Insp Alison Harris added: “This is an excellent initiative which highlights the value of wearing a cycling helmet and is an important reminder, particularly with the darker nights creeping in.”