Pupils give the police a grilling

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Budding politicians held their first meeting of school parliament – and they wasted no time asking tough questions.

A group of five Calderdale schools form the Inter-schools Parliament to discuss issues important to them.

Students from St Augustine's, Warley Road and Mount Pellon primary schools and Halifax High School met pupils at Parkinson Lane.

After a recent spate of burglaries in the Park ward, they invited police officer Derrick Oldham to detail what police were doing in their local area.

Pupils spent around 40 minutes asking questions about the police's approach.

Insp Oldham reassured them that police had upped their patrols, with more than 60 officers patrolling the area between 8am and 4am each day.

He warned them not to listen to rumours, but said police were acting on information coming from the public.

"We have followed up every rumour that has come through," he said.

He also faced questioning from head teacher Gugsy Ahmed about vigilante style-gangs patrolling in the area.

Insp Oldham replied: "There's no problem with being vigilant in your area and reporting suspicious happenings.

"But as soon as people step over the line and take the law into their hands, that's when we'll step in." Hasan Ali Khan, chair of the school council, led the first meeting, with vice chair Alisha Mahmood helping out.

Hasan said: "We'll get together to discuss problems in our local area and the biggest one at the minute are the burglaries."

They plan to continue meeting throughout the school year.