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Police lead the siren call for family fun.

THE police were the hit attraction during a family fun day out in Willenhall, Coventry, on Saturday.

Youngsters queued up to try on handcuffs - and kept the police siren wailing all day!

Hagard Youth and Community Centre, in Remembrance Road, was the venue for the event.

Willenhall beat officer PC Andy Heeds joined colleagues in the crime prevention caravan to warn children about the dangers posed by strangers.

Youngsters also got to see a police dog and a police motorbike before the officers set off to play Willenhall's White Bear pub team at four- a-side football.

PC Heeds said at the height of the fun: "The kids have been absolutely mad for it - they're obviously loving sitting in the police car and I think the battery will be flat soon because they've all had a go on the siren!"

The day was organised by Dr Muriel Bagley to raise funds for a sports centre in Willenhall.

It was attended by Lord Mayor of Coventry Dave Chater and his wife Chris.

Cllr Chater, a trustee of the Hagard centre, said: "All the hard work that's gone into the fun day has been rewarded with such a big turnout because of the lovely weather."

A demonstration game called "How Long is a Piece of String?", manned by John Wainwright, aimed to canvas the community's views on how they want a pounds 4million regeneration grant to be spent.

Mr Wainwright said: "We're trying to find out what people's priorities are in Willenhall. We're very pleased at the response. We've had people of all age groups having a go."

There was also a safety and education stall, with samples of healthy food to try.

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RUN TIME: Emma Toal gets some help on the bungee run from Paul Ramsey; INFLATABLE FRIEND: Claire Lee, of Safestart (left) and Devinder Chaven, of Children and Family Education; HANDS UP FOR FUN: Children just loved the bouncy castle. Pictures: ROBIN BIDGOOD
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 30, 2001
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