ARTISTIC youngsters from Runcorn are helping to spread firefighters safety message with their own designs.

Runcorn Fire Station's Green Watch received more than 100 entries for a poster design competition to help protect Runcorn's parks against deliberate fires after visiting high schools in the town.

Overall winner was Beth Woods from St Chads High School with 'Don't Watch It Burn' and runner up was Hannah Gannon from The Heath High School with her poster called 'Reduce Arson On Runcorn Hill' .

Green watch manager Mark Sopp said: "This initiative has been very well received by our local schools. The competition has raised the profile of the dangers of deliberate fire setting which, we hope, will lead to a reduction in such fires in the Runcorn area.

“The positive effect will hopefully make children think twice about setting nuisance fires during the summer which will, in turn, lead to safer communities and less time, money and resources being wasted on dealing with deliberate small fires."

The winners were presented with their prizes of a bike each, donated by Motorworld Runcorn, at the Station's open day and their posters will feature in the campaign.