Bicycles help children break down barriers

From left, PC Chris Young, Jakob Winter-Kay, Charlotte Forder, Insp Dave Humphries, Michael De Silva, Elisha Chapman, David Webber, Sam Hare, PCSO Chris Penfold
From left, PC Chris Young, Jakob Winter-Kay, Charlotte Forder, Insp Dave Humphries, Michael De Silva, Elisha Chapman, David Webber, Sam Hare, PCSO Chris Penfold
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SCHOOLCHILDREN spent their half-term transforming rusty old bicycles into wheels to be proud of.

The youngsters signed up to the Waterlooville Pimp Ya Bike Scheme where they learned how to strip a bike, clean it, repair it, put it back together again and spray paint it. At the end of the course they were able to take it home with them.

PCSO Chris Penfold ran the group with his colleague PC Chris Young. He said: ‘They are nominated by their schools to take part in the course as a way to break down barriers with the local police, reinforce positive behaviour in the community and educate them about bike maintenance and road safety.

‘If the children attended all the sessions and worked hard on fixing their bikes, not only did they get to keep the bike but they were also given a safety helmet, a set of lights and a bike lock to keep them safe when they go out on their new bikes.’

Samuel Hare, 13, from Cowplain Community School.

He said: ‘I really enjoyed spending my half term getting to know some of my local police and I have made some new friends from doing this. They taught me how to build a bike from parts and maintain it in working order.

To donate an old bike email Chris.Penfold@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.