PRIMARY SCHOOL children have been getting creative after taking part in a local police competition to help residents deter burglars from their homes this winter.
Saddleworth South PCSO Wayne Turley invited pupils from five schools to design bright posters encouraging homeowners to leave on a light as darker nights draw in.
Hundreds of eye-catching posters were judged by residents from Wood Square, Chew Vale and Riverside House, as well as printers Taylor and Clifton in Uppermill.
After struggling to choose just one stand-out poster as the standard was so high, a winner was picked from each school.
Then Taylor and Clifton printers kindly printed 1,000 stickers free of charge – 200 of each winner’s poster – to go on residents’ wheelie bins and remind them of the message.
PCSO Lee Lockwood delivered the stickers and winning posters to the schools and was helped with the competition by PSCO Lorna Conway.
He said: “It’s a great competition to do with the children as they love designing the posters and come up with some really great ideas.
“And it helps to get the message out to residents as well and remind them what they should be doing to protect their homes as the darker nights draw in.”