Girl, seven, wins prize

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A seven-year-old girl from Hadleigh has used her head to win a prize in a national safe cycling competition.

Lily Beer, who is a pupil at Hadleigh Community Primary School, was the Eastern England winner of the “Helmet Watch competition” run by The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust.

The trust supplies police throughout the UK with 30,000 reward packs to hand out to children aged between three and 15 who they see wearing a cycle helmet.

Suffolk Police received approximately 2,500 packs, which contain an on-the-spot prize, a bookmark and a prize draw card.

Lily was presented with her prize – a Nintendo DS Lite – by Pcso Julia Bignell, from Babergh East Safer Neighbourhood Team, at a school assembly.

Mrs Bignell said: “Wearing a cycle helmet is such a simple thing to do and one day it could save your life.

“Child cyclists are particularly vulnerable so anything that encourages them to wear a helmet must be encouraged and supported.

“It’s great to have a local winner and hopefully it will send out a message to all the children in the area that wearing a cycle helmet is the right thing to do.”