World Book Day - Deputy Chief Constable Visits Primary School in Huyton

Published on: Thursday, 05-March-2015

The Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Andy Cooke read to school children today to help them mark World Book Day.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke read to a Year 5 class at St Columba’s Primary School in Hillside Road, Huyton alongside Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager Nick Searle.

He read ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’ by David Walliams to a Year 5 class during his visit to the school today (Thursday, March 5) and was presented with a book created by the pupils which they had dedicated to all officers at Merseyside Police.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “Merseyside Police works hard to engage with young people across Merseyside as part of our efforts to keep our communities safe. I was delighted to visit St Columba’s today and meet the school children to celebrate World Book Day.

"The young people were really interested and had plenty of questions to ask about being a police officer during my tour of the school.”

Miss Margaret Evans, headteacher of St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, said: “We are delighted and extremely grateful to the Deputy Chief Constable for taking time out of his day to come and read to the pupils here.

“We celebrate World Book Day every year, however this year we have also launched a brand new initiative called ‘Read for the Stars’.

"This is to promote reading for pleasure at home. The stars we refer to are heroes within our school such as our two visitors today.

“It was a heart-warming and inspirational experience for the children to see such a successful and dedicated police officer enjoying reading in the way that Mr Cooke does.

“He has definitely re-ignited the enthusiasm our pupils have for reading.”
More information on World Book Day can be found here: