WHEN the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth arrived at a city school to open their new science lab, he suddenly found himself under investigation, accused of stealing a packet of sweets.
Councillor Frank Jonas was named as one of five suspects, including the Queen, and three teachers.
But it was all part of the fun as the girls at Portsmouth High School Juniors were tasked with a mock crime scene, and were given evidence to work out who committed the crime.
A team of Defence Science & Technology Laboratory scientists from the MoD spent the day visiting the school to mark the renovation of their science lab called the Discovery lab.
Cllr Jonas officially opened the lab and said: ‘It’s a new facility for the school which for me is always exciting.
‘Then I’m being told that I am being investigated for a crime for stealing sweets.
‘I’m quite surprised that it’s being done with such young children but that’s a good idea. This gives them a really good insight as to what they are doing.’
The team worked with the pupils using different types of evidence such as muddy footprints and fingerprints.
The room was cordoned off with police tape and the girls wore white scientific coats.
Pupil Beatrice Turnbull, 11, said: ‘I really like it. I like the whole idea of knowing how the scientists do it.’
Francesca McBride, 11, added: ‘We don’t really do this very often.
‘It’s a great opportunity. It’s really amazing that the mayor actually came to open our Discovery lab, officially.’
Helen Parrott, head of science at the school, said: ‘They are really enthusiastic and excited. It’s something they will be talking about for many days. It will give them a huge volume of investigation and work that they will do for the rest of the term. We will get a lot of work out of it from the girls.
‘Whatever the ability of the child, they were all engaged.’
The guilty party was unveiled as teacher Sue Creal.
Among other suspects were teachers Paul Marshallsay and Hannah Taulbut.