Cadets rise to challenge

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POLICE cadets from the borough have risen to the challenge to complete their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards.

More than 120 cadets from the Northumbria Police Volunteer Cadets scheme – which includes cadets from across North Tyneside – completed the Duke of Edinburgh walking and hill expeditions.

The cadets completed 14 expeditions over a span of 300 miles in The Cheviot Hills, Teesdale, the Lake District and the Scottish Borders.

The trek helped the cadets learn skills such as map reading and camp craft and has helped develop their leadership, decision making and problem solving skills.

Sgt Alan Parks, force VPC coordinator, said: “All of the cadets have worked very hard and demonstrated excellent teamwork.

“These are the sorts of activities that will help them develop as individuals and give them skills for life.

“The police leaders have also shown excellent dedication to help supervise the cadets and I thank them for their support.”