PUPILS went on patrol outside Appledore Primary School with a special message for mums and dads. The youngsters were joined by PCSO Andrew Elston and other local police officers to promote the Park Smart campaign, encouraging parents not to park outside t

PASSER-BY Andrew Freeman and daughter Polly accept an information leaflet from young Amy Cloke

PUPILS went on patrol outside Appledore Primary School with a special message for mums and dads.

The youngsters were joined by PCSO Andrew Elston and other local police officers to promote the Park Smart campaign, encouraging parents not to park outside the school when dropping off or picking up their children.

They distributed leaflets they had designed to promote the benefits of parking and walking, using 30 minutes of free parking specially allocated for them at the nearby Odun Road car park and also highlighting the problems caused by irresponsible parking.

Police also carried out speed checks on passing traffic.

Head teacher Jean Cobbett said: Keeping children safe is a priority for Appledore Primary. I know that parents, carers and the community will want to help solve the long-running parking issue the school has had, once they have been given some more information.

"The children are the school's best ambassadors and the opportunity for them to work in partnership with the police and county council Travelwise staff on such an important issue is just fantastic. I am sure the campaign will meet with a good response from everyone."

Cllr Andrew Eastman, Devon County Councillor for Northam, said: "The pupils are taking a really pro-active stance on this campaign. The school is hoping this will be a new start to a new term of smarter parking, which will help pupils to feel safe. Appledore Primary is asking drivers to be safe and support its pupils, two very important messages, which can make for a happier and safer school community.