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New figures reveal 'near misses' on school run

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New statistics released by the charity Sustrans have revealed 4 out of every 10 parents report that their child has been involved in some sort of 'near miss' while walking or cycling to or from school.

Of parents surveyed in the North of England, 30% reported near miss accidents, 15% said a vehicle didn't stop or stopped too late at a zebra crossing, 9% said a speeding vehicle had nearly hit their child while crossing the road, and 3% had actually been hit by a vehicle while walking.

Sustrans launched its Campaign for Safer Streets today - the charity is urging parents to write to their local MP to demand every child be given the right to a safe journey to school.

Sustrans north west regional director Eleanor Road said:

"In 2012, 33 children were killed and more than 1800 were seriously injured while walking or cycling - if a whole classroom of children had been killed under other circumstances there would be public outcry."


Parents angry over poppy -free pictures

Parents in Lincolnshire are angry that their children were asked to remove their poppies for a school photograph.

Pupils at Digby Church of England Primary School were told by the photographer that the Remembrance symbols "dated" the pictures.

Some parents have complained to the school, saying it's disrespectful and that they and their children should be allowed to choose whether to wear the poppies. The school said it has invited the photographers back to take new pictures for those who want them.

See a clip with the Headmaster, Graham Boyall, above.

Endeavour School consultation begins today

Endeavour School

The future of the Endeavour School in Hull could be decided soon as a consultation period begins today.

Funding issues, low pupil numbers and limited resources have seen the school enter special measures three times since its opening around a decade ago.

The public are being invited to express their views on the school's future and what the site might be used as should the school shut.

If plans to close it are approved, pupils could be relocated to other schools by September next year.


School crossing patrols honoured in York

Council bosses in York will be celebrating a milestone this month, by marking 60-years of the School Crossing Patrol service. Twenty-two crossing patrol officers will be presented with a Diamond Jubilee badge and certificate at the event at the council's West Offices.

The school crossing patrol service first started in London in the 1940's when 90 per cent of children walked to school. The idea quickly caught on and the Government recognised the value of having such a service.

Vandals smash windows at Thirsk school

Police in Thirsk are investigating after ten windows were broken at the town's Comprehensive School on Topcliffe Road. It happened on Sunday evening. Vandals used stones and pieces of concrete to break windows on the ground and first floors. They also damaged a handrail and left it on a roof.

"I need to speak to anyone who can help to identify those responsible for this mindless act of vandalism and urge them to contact the police straight away."

– PC Quita Passmore, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team
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