YOUNGSTERS got down to some serious police work when they returned to their classroom to find it ransacked – and their precious toys stolen.
The inquisitive boys and girls at Northern Parade Juniors spent the day investigating the scene of the crime and carrying out detailed forensic work with the help of officers from the Hilsea, Stamshaw and Tipner safer neighbourhood team.
Staff were interrogated and no desks were left unturned – but year three teacher Steve Cruddas eventually confessed to the crime, claiming it was a ‘silly prank that got out of control’.
Sophie Fagan, 10, said: ‘It was great to do what police do.’
Harrison Wiseman, nine, added: ‘I had so much fun as I love solving things, just like a detective.’
Gemma Gwilliam, year five teacher at the school in North End, Portsmouth, said: ‘It was a fantastic day which inspired the children to write exciting accounts of what happened.
‘We are so grateful to the safer neighbourhood team who really brought the whole experience to life and showed the children exactly what to do.’