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Project SafehandsSubmitted: 26 Nov 2006

In September 2006 the Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhoods office at Barkingside police station representing the wards of Fairlop, Fullwell, Aldborough, Hainault, Clayhall and Barkingside invited over 1000 year 6 primary school children from 14 primary schools to take part in a drawing competition "PROJECT SAFEHANDS".

The drawings were to be handdrawn on A4 size paper on a subject of "Personal safety and the safety of personal belongings", such as MP3s Ipods and Mobile phones.

On 18th Nov 2006 the 29 winning children were treated to a trip to Leyton Orient FC as guests of both Barkingside Police and LOFC to watch the fixture LOFC vs Yeovil Town. Once at the football ground they were met by it's owner, Mr BARRY HEARN and LOFC players Aiden Palmer and Clayton Fortune. They were then treated to a hot and cold buffet in their own private room within the stadium. At half time their presence was announced on the ground public address system and a round of applause followed. At the conclusion of the match the children were provided with individual "Goody Bags" made up of LOFC and Safer Neighbourhoods pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers, pencil cases, and car stickers etc.

The project was initiated partly to bring to the attention of all children involved the importance of personal safety and the safety of their possessions.

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