Guns, violence, murder... just an everyday experience for Keighley school students!

Dozens of children and teenagers last week visited a murder scene in the town’s old police station.

They saw the scene of the crime, interviewed suspects in the cells and examined evidence in a forensics lab.

The students from local schools were invited to the launch of a new education programme based in the building.

They had hands-on experience of crime-fighting with the help of professional actors and real-life forensic experts.

Keighley Town Council has developed the programme as a flagship attraction for the Keighley Civic Centre.

Earlier this year, Princess Anne opened the centre in the former 19th-century police station and magistrates’ court.

Parts of the building, including the original cells, have become a police museum with weapons displays and a Victorian street scene.

The town council has recruited actors to play suspects in murder mystery events for schools, corporate clients and the public.

Last Thursday’s launch was attended by 120 students from schools including University Academy Keighley, and St Anne’s and Ingrow primary schools.

Town council spokesman Julie Walker, one of the organisers, said the students took turns to participate in each activity.

They then congregated in the hall where they were presented with more evidence including love letters and handwriting samples.

Anyone interested in taking part in a murder mystery day should contact Julie on (01535) 690800 or 07890 743932.