Barking pupils join national march to avert road deaths

Pupils took to the streets to highlight the “appalling” number of children killed or maimed on British roads.

Road safety charity Brake organised the march at Northbury Junior in North Street, Barking, after figures revealed 2,000 pedestrians under the age 18 had died or been hurt in the UK in 2009.

The children joined the national walk on June 15 in a bid to secure blanket 20mph speed limits in built-up areas of the country.

Brake campaigns director, Julie Townsend, said: “We support families whose children have been killed or maimed on roads – so we know the devastation the tragedies cause.”

A Brake spokesman added: “The event aims to raise awareness of the appalling number of children killed and hurt on roads.”