SCHOOLS in Redditch will be equipped with cartoon cut-out police officers, as part of a campaign to stamp out poor parking and speeding.

The metre-high 'officers' will stand outside schools in an effort to warn passing drivers to slow down and not park on zig-zag markings.

The cartoon figures are part of a joint campaign between Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion and Worcestershire County Council, after proving a hit with schools in south Worcestershire.

PCC John Campion said: "These new signs are fantastic and were so well received by schools in south Worcestershire that I wanted to offer the same to local policing areas across West Mercia.

“I hope that these mini officers will remind motorists to be more considerate outside schools.

"All too often people don’t respect the speed limits or think about where they are parking.

"By using these signs in a sporadic way, we hope they will be even more effective.”

The mini officers, funded by the PCC, will soon be given to 40 schools in north Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford which have long suffered with speeding and parking problems.

The officers will then be moved around regularly based on demand.