Redbourn gipsy children win chance to quiz police

GIPSY children got the chance to quiz a top police chief when they visited the force’s headquarters.

Kathleen Cash, 12, and Eileen Deleaney, six, from the Ver Meadows site in Redbourn, won a competition run by Herts Police and the traveller liaison officer, Pc Kev Moore, to celebrate Gipsy Roma Traveller History Month.

Children from across sites in the county were asked to submit the questions they wanted to ask chief officers and the winners were chosen by BBC journalist Serena Farrow, who is from the traveller community.

As part of their prize, Kathleen and Eileen, along with their brothers Michael and Tom, were treated to a morning at the Herts Police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, where they spent their time with the dog unit and scientific services.

Following lunch, they then had the chance to ask Assistant Chief Constable Chris Miller their winning questions.

He said: “It was great to meet the children and not only discuss our work with them, but to hear how we can make a positive contribution to their lives.

“This force is committed to engaging with all of the communities in Hertfordshire and providing the best service we can for them. The children seemed genuinely interested in our work and how we want to work with their communities for the common good.”

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Pc Moore said: “I was delighted by the positive response we received and the quality of the questions that were submitted. This is the second year running that we have run an event for the children from the travelling community to mark Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month and once again we had an excellent and enthusiastic response.”