A crucial success for Melrose and Newtown

PUPILS from Newtown St Boswells and Melrose primary schools proved they had the life-saving know-how to come out tops in this year’s Crucial Crew event.

Every primary school in the Borders, as well as children at the privately-run St Mary’s in Melrose, took part – a total of 1,216 pupils.

They were given safety instructions and tested on the dangers posed by electricity, water, fire, farm machinery and rail lines, as well as drugs and alcohol.

The Crucial Crew experience is now in its 20th year and spearheaded by Lothian and Borders Police and their various partners.

This year’s event spanned 14 days during September and October.

And on Monday Alexander Leitch and Richeldis Brosnan picked up the £100 prize on behalf of their schools from Constable Rachel Stevenson, locality integration officer, and Karen Wilks, of Victim Support.