Student detectives given murder mystery to solve

Budding would-be young detectives at a Berwick school were given a murder mystery to solve by Northumbria Police.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 13:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 13:02 pm
Would-be young detectives at Berwick Middle School were given a murder mystery to solve by police.

Neighbourhood officers visited Berwick Middle School and set up the problem-solving Crime Scene Investigation event for several groups of youngsters.

Students were given a ‘dead body’ to examine and a series of clues to follow in their classroom, including fingerprints, hair and blood.

The students then had to adopt the role of detective to find out who was the murderer.

Police Community Support Officer Gail Cassidy, one of the officers from Berwick Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We’ve been running these murder-mystery events at the school for several years now and they’re always really popular with the students.

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“It’s a good way of connecting with young people, it gets them interested in thinking about solving a crime. They have to work hard to connect all the clues and find the evidence to build a case and file a report to us.

“It’s a great way to build relationships between the young people and the police and to explain more about the work of the force while the youngsters have fun at the same time.”

The youngsters have handed in their crime reports to police who will then judge the winning entries.