CHILDREN at one Teesdale village have launched their own campaign to promote considerate parking outside their primary school.

Pupils at Cockfield Primary School donned high viability jackets and their own police hats last week as they joined police officer Paul Conroy in monitoring the yellow zig-zags outside their building.

No offenders were caught during the exercise but headteacher Kathryn Heatherington said the children were really enjoying raise awareness of the county-wide issue.

She said: “Parental parking outside schools at drop off and pick up times is a problem facing most schools across Durham County.

“Although a lot of work has already been done to highlight the importance of safe and legal parking outside schools, we feel, as a school, more still needs to be done. The children have started a campaign to discourage parents who put their own needs ahead of the safety of pupils.”

Mrs Heatherington added: “With the support from the local police they hope parents, adults and visitors, who come to the school, will think and park safely.”