Pupils create police station art
IT'S not every day you get to paint on the wall of your local police station.
Pupils from two Swansea primary schools created a mural for the wall of their local station — and then got busy with paint and brushes to turn it into reality.
The project follows a competition held in Blaenymaes and Portmead schools to find a team of talented youngsters to create the very public display.
The winning designs from each school were combined to create a colourful mural to brighten up the Blaenymaes nick.
PCSO Jordan Davies said: "This is a joint project with the two schools.
"It is a great way of engaging with local youngsters and breaking down barriers.
"We've had a school mural on the wall before and it proved popular, and we are hoping the new one will be too.
"The youngsters have worked really hard on this."
The artwork — complete with rainbow, heart and a policeman — now has pride of the place on the station.
The head teacher of Blaenymaes Primary, Beverley Phillips, said the school had a close relationship with the local PCSO.
She said: "We are very fortunate that our local PCSO is actually based in the school and is positively involved in the life of the school.
"The children see the PCSO every week and have a good relationship with the officer.
"Designing and painting the piece of art is a lovely opportunity for the children to take ownership of the police station."
Those sentiments were echoed by Kelvin Williams, head teacher of Portmead Primary.
He said: "It is good for the community and good for the children — it is a great thing for the pupils to get involved in, and helps to break down the barriers."