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Reflector tags for Douglas children 26 November 2009

MAYOR of Douglas Councillor Michael Gelling joined police officers from Douglas Neighbourhood Policing Team to distribute reflector tags to Fairfield School.

Reflector tags at Fairfield SchoolFairfield’s 165 pupils receiving the tags on Friday means that all primary school children attending schools in the Borough of Douglas have now received the safety device, which bears an image of the Tower of Refuge. The 2,500 reflector tags required were funded by Douglas Borough Council.

Douglas PCs Jo Williams, Mark Dimsdale and Mark Robinson demonstrated to pupils how best to attach the tag to their school bags for maximum effect .

Mayor of Douglas Councillor Gelling told Fairfield pupils:

‘I’ve come to help give out these reflector tags because it’s important you have one when you see how dark it’s getting in the mornings when you come to school and in the afternoons when you’re going home.’

The Mayor also assisted police officers to distribute the tags to pupils at St Thomas’s School, the first school to receive the tags.

Fairfield headteacher Ian Walmsley commented:

‘The tags are great. Anything that’s going to help children be more visible is a good idea, especially at this school in the middle of Douglas and with the amount of passing traffic we have.’

Sergeant Ged Power said:

‘This is an excellent gesture by the Douglas Council members. It promotes the important message of children being seen and getting home safely. Distributing the tags to the various Douglas primary schools has been great fun to do and I know that the tags, when attached to the school bags properly, will be there for years to come. The initiative ties in with our goal for everybody, not just young children, to think about being seen at night time, planning a safe journey and letting your loved ones know where you are.’

Photo caption: Receiving reflector tags at Fairfield School are pupils (left to right) Jason Kelch, Liam Foley, Kieron Dunn, Tara Gulliver and Faye Pendlebury. Back row (left to right) PC Mark Dimsdale, PC Mark Robinson, Mayor of Douglas Michael Gelling, Mayoress Shirley Wilson and PC Jo Williiams

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