Young comic artist teaches road safety

Award winner William Richards with PC Phil Jack and PC Curtis Ritchie both from the Wooler Neighbourhood Police Team and Phil King from Irwin Mitchell who sponsored the event.
 Picture by Jane Coltman
Award winner William Richards with PC Phil Jack and PC Curtis Ritchie both from the Wooler Neighbourhood Police Team and Phil King from Irwin Mitchell who sponsored the event. Picture by Jane Coltman

A Glendale Middle School pupil won a road-safety comic strip challenge, organised by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in partnership with Northumbria Police and Durham and Cleveland Constabulary.

William Richards was selected the winner in the Northumbria force area for his comic strip Slow Down, Phone Down.

PC Jami Blythe, of Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon, said: “William’s entry stood out from others as it was clear he had put a lot of thought into the story and how he could tell it in comic-strip style. William had thought carefully about the consequences of dangerous driving, not just to a casualty, but also to the driver who lost his job and had to pay a hefty fine, in the story.”