CHILDREN from Ellesmere Port revealed to a national TV audience how the current world crisis has been giving them nightmares.
Last Thursday evening the ITV1 documentary Tonight with Trevor McDonald featured an item entitled Why Britain is Living on the Edge, in which reporter John-athan Maitland looked at the psychological effects on the country of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and their aftermath.
He interviewed workers in the Canary Wharf skyscraper in London, an airliner flight crew and pupils at John Street Primary School in Ellesmere Port.
One young boy from Year 6 described how what was happening in the world had given him bad dreams.
In one of these he was with his family in Colwyn Bay when terrorist leader Osama bin Laden appeared.
'He killed my mum and then shot me,' the youngster solemnly told the reporter.
A young girl from the same class told of her dream in which Ellesmere Port and England were bombed, leaving 'everybody dead.'
A third boy said he was still having bad dreams about what was happening but was trying to get them out of his head by thinking of 'nice things ... like school.'
Another girl told the reporter how she was worried because she had heard someone say the current crisis could lead to world war three.
Class teacher Johnathan Melville also described how the children had been particularly alarmed recently when a low-flying plane came near to the school, which they thought was about to crash on them.
According to a MORI poll carried out exclusively for the programme, the fears voiced by the children mirror those of the general population.
This showed that 61% were worried about a terrorist attack, and 63% were worried chemical or biological weapons would be used.