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Trauma teddies already comforting children in Newcastle

10 Oct 2017 10:30 AM

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Remember our trauma teddy campaign that we launched last month in Newcastle and Gateshead?

Well our officers have already started seeing results with one particularly heartening response in the west end of Newcastle.

A four-year-old boy had been reported missing by his distraught mother only to be found a short time later by officers.

The child was crying and scared that he had got into trouble after wandering off.

PC Alan Urwin handed him one of our trauma teddies and those tears soon dried up and a smile was put on his face.

Sgt Darren Draper, from Newcastle West NPT, said: "Both the lad and his mum were upset and you could see he was breaking his heart over it.

"We gave him a teddy and it completely distracted him and he stopped crying straight away.

"He thought he’d been naughty and then all of a sudden he gets a toy which instantly changed his mood.

"The lad won't be going missing again but through a toy we were able to put a smile back on his face. A great example of why this scheme can be such a success."

The trauma teddies were all knitted by volunteers at organisations across the force area thanks to the help of Victims First Northumbria.

We still need members of the public to get involved by either donating a knitted bear to the scheme or getting involved in the knitting themselves.

Anyone who wants to help, or donate a bear, can get in touch by emailing either 5142@northumbria.pnn.police.uk or 2527@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.