Two youngsters had a personal tour of a police station and a ride-along in a police vehicle as a "thank you" for handing in two large knives they’d come across while playing on a field in Eston recently.
Liam (13) and friend Charlie (9) contacted Cleveland Police, listened to instructions from our Control Room and stayed at the scene until officers arrived to take the knives away and safely dispose of them.
The lads and their families were then invited to attend Eston Police Station this week (Tuesday 11th July) where Greater Eston Neighbourhood Police Team Inspector Ian Mitchell presented the boys with a “Good Citizen Award – Keeping the Community Safe” certificate.
Next, PCSOs Kelly Thompson and Paul Walker showed them around the police station, let the boys try on some “riot gear” - and even took them on a drive around the area in a police car!
Insp Mitchell said: “We do a lot of work with children and young people about the dangers of knives and it’s good to know the message is being heard.
“It was a pleasure to meet these lovely lads who acted in such a mature and responsible way when they found the knives. By immediately contacting police then following our call taker’s advice, the boys have ensured two large and potentially lethal knives are now safely out of harm’s way.
“They’ve also have shown they’re responsible and good citizens who care about the safety of their community. Well done lads!”