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Students in a whirl at visit.

STUDENTS got a lift to their spirits when they visited a police helicopter.

The Percy Hedley Secondary School, in Forest Hall, which caters for pupils with cerebral palsy cerebral palsy (sərē`brəl pôl`zē), disability caused by brain damage before or during birth or in the first years, resulting in a loss of voluntary muscular control and coordination. , autism autism (ô`tĭzəm), developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is characterized by the abnormal development of communication skills, social skills, and reasoning. , speech language and communication difficulties, were invited by the North East Air Support Unit The North East Air Support Unit is the main aerial support for police forces in North East England. History
The North East Air Support Unit was formed in 1995 by joint venture of Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria police forces.
 to visit their unit at Newcastle International Airport.

The school is part of the Percy Hedley Foundation which helps 1,000 disabled children, adults and their families throughout the North East.

The pupils had asked officers from Killingworth neighbourhood policing team about the NEASU so they were thrilled when the officers managed to arrange a visit.

The children were in awe of the helicopter which is shared between Newcastle International and Durham Tees Valley Airports.

They were given demonstrations of the equipment by officers in charge of the craft.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2009
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