Parking danger

11th October 2011'There have been parking issues outside Larks Hill School, so police are holding a campaign with pupils to raise awareness. Kids will be dressed as police officers and will be 'ticking off' parents who park thoughtlessly outside the school. 'Pictured: Sam Sheard and hilippa Mayhew'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
11th October 2011'There have been parking issues outside Larks Hill School, so police are holding a campaign with pupils to raise awareness. Kids will be dressed as police officers and will be 'ticking off' parents who park thoughtlessly outside the school. 'Pictured: Sam Sheard and hilippa Mayhew'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

PUPILS became police officers for the day to stop parents parking “dangerously” outside their school.

Youngsters at Pontefract’s Larks Hill J&I School dressed up as officers and were joined by staff from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) to fight illegal and irresponsible parking at the start and end of the school day.

The operation was launched after concerns about students’ safety because of long-standing parking problems outside the school. Almost 70 per cent of pupils live outside the Larks Hill area, which means a lot of parents drive to the school to drop off and pick up their children.

PCSO Paul Guest, of the NPT, said: “This is a new initiative to highlight the dangers that the drivers are causing to the public and to their own children.

“We have previously issued fixed penalty notices and we will continue to fine offenders, however we feel that a telling off from the children may be an effective way forward to solving the problem.

“I would like to thank Jonathan Gibson, the school transport officer who has assisted us in setting up this project.”