Whitby kids turn detective

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PUPILS from Whitby’s Eskdale School came top when they turned detective to take part in a murder mystery competition at York University.

The school was one of 17 taking part in the contest, the Salters Chemistry Competition.

It has been competing in it for 10 years but this was the first time its pupils gained top place.

Science Teacher Eli Norman said: “The crime scene was set in a theatre and the pupils had to identify samples taken at the scene including face powder and chalk.

“They then had to see which people among the actors, director and manager matched up with the samples.

“They worked in teams of four and had to do it all themselves without teachers’ help.

“Afterwards the judge said our team’s reports were clear and concise and praised their excellent team work.”

The Eskdale School team members were Lina Cox, Tori Hide, James Raistrick and Joe Howard. Each one received a small prize and there was also a prize of science equipment for the school.