Primary school pupils who created posters highlighting road safety, fire hazards, and the impact of cyber-bullying have won a competition.

Children were invited to take part after getting involved in Crucial Crew safety sessions.

Ben Pendell from Aldwickbury School in Harpenden was recognised for his cyber-bullying poster while Jack Ritchie and Jonah Howgego from Maple Primary School were awarded for their posters which focused on road safety and fire safety.

The children were presented with prizes by the Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Rosemary Farmer.

Cllr Farmer said: “I was really impressed with these talented young artists and their winning posters which convey important messages about safety. The competition is always popular and attracted more than 100 entries this year from young people who attended Crucial Crew safety awareness-raising sessions. These practical sessions provide children with tips on how to deal with everyday hazards and dangers in the home and outdoors, as well as promote online safety.”

Crucial Crew and the art competition are run each year by St Albans City and District Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

More than 1,200 children from 27 schools attended Crucial Crew safety sessions earlier this year.

The children were guided through ten scenarios by CSP members and they were helped in delivering the sessions by 45 students from Oaklands College who are studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services.

Three of the students; Thomas Martin, Alexander Johns, and Callum Hutchinson, were chosen to receive special awards from the Mayor at the ceremony in the District Council’s Chamber:

Cllr Farmer added: “These three students are to be congratulated on their hard work; going above and beyond to make the Crucial Crew experience worthwhile for the primary school pupils. They were highly-motivated, engaged well with the participants, and actively helped to deliver the safety sessions.”