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Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_...in_foiled_heist


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A group of school children helped foil an attempted armored van robbery by memorizing the getaway car's registration plate in a school yard chant, police said Wednesday.


A passer-by who spotted the car, but feared she would forget the plate number so she asked a group of children to memorize it, police in the northern city of Liverpool said.


The group of nine and 10-year-olds remembered the registration details by turning the numbers into a chant, before a classmate arrived with a pen. The three thieves were traced and arrested within 40 minutes, police said.


"The lady did not have a pen or paper on her so went over to the children and repeated the registration number to them," said a spokeswoman for Merseyside Police, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with force policy. "The children sang the song in a chant to help remember it, while one of them ran into the school for a pen."

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