Uniformed public service students have been helping fight crime in Greater Manchester.

Hopwood Hall College students joined police on patrol and gave tips to the community on keeping their houses safe as part of the force’s Dark Knights Campaign to cut down on burglary. The students, who have been studying the effects of crime, also handed out free lights that can be set to a timer to make homes safer.

“This valuable experience has enriched our students’ academic study. It is one thing for me to talk about crime prevention in the classroom but quite another for them to actually do it,” said their lecturer John Hall.

“They all found it rewarding and wanted more. What’s more, the feedback I have received from the police was excellent and we hope that our learners can participate in future initiatives.”