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Competition to help tackle issue of knife crime

Published on Friday, March 16, 2018

SCHOOL pupils from the city and county have been taking part in a poster competition to help tackle knife crime.


The competition has been organised by Goldhill Adventure Playground, near Saffron Lane, which is working with the Home Office to help reduce knife crime and anti-social behaviour in Leicester and Leicestershire.


On Friday 16 March, local MP Jon Ashworth will be judging the competition at Goldhill, choosing winners whose posters will be displayed across the city and county.


He’ll be joined on the judging panel by police and crime commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Eyres Monsell councillor Elaine Pantling, with fellow councillor Virginia Cleaver also attending.  


Cllr Pantling said: “This is a creative way of getting young people involved with a very important message, and I look forward to judging their efforts.”


Cllr Cleaver added: “We’re proud of the work that Goldhill does and very pleased to support them in this initiative.”


Jon Ashworth said: “It is great to see pupils getting involved with this anti-crime project. I have no doubt that there will be many great posters and I am sure that the winners will be very pleased that their posters will be displayed across the city and county.”


The winners of the competition will each receive a £100 prize. The posters will be professionally printed and displayed in schools, leisure centres, libraries, youth and community centres.


Dee Dixon, playground manager at Goldhill Adventure Playground, said: “We have had a good response to our competition and alongside some great quotes, the young people involved have spent time and energy and given their entries a great deal of thought.  Potentially these posters could save a life, and deter someone from carrying a knife.”



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