Crash children in Kent get 'trauma teddies'

Image caption, Pc Darren Chapman has received donations of 140 teddies so far

About 50 "trauma teddies" have been handed out to children involved in serious road accidents in Kent.

The teddies have been given to children up to junior school age as a way of comforting them and taking their attention away from the incident.

The scheme, which began in March, was the idea of traffic officer Pc Darren Chapman who received an initial donation of 100 teddies.

"These teddies provide the comfort and reassurance children need," he said.

Passenger or pedestrian

"It is always difficult when young children are involved as they don't always understand what is going on."

The teddies are given to children involved in collisions as passengers or pedestrians.

Pc Chapman initially received a donation of 100 teddies from a Kent manufacturer and has now been given another 40 by a store in Maidstone.

"This initiative has allowed our officers to provide some comfort to children involved in what are very distressing situations," said Ch Insp Andrew Reeves.