POLICE officers across Greater Manchester will carry teddies in their cars to give to young children involved in road traffic collisions

The "trauma teddies" will be given to children at the scene of road traffic collisions to help keep them calm while medical attention is given, as a comfort after the incident or as a distraction while police deal with paperwork.

Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, who heads up GMP’s Road’s Policing Unit, said: "Road traffic collisions can be a traumatic experience for anyone, especially young children.

"We hope that the trauma teddies will start a connection between the police and the child, and offer them comfort during a distressing time."

More than 100 of the teddies have been donated to GMP by Manchester company, S Ryder Ltd.

The traffic team will start using them in mid-April.