24/11/2016

Creative Youngsters Praised for Highlighting Criminal Damage

Artistic and community-minded youngsters were guests of honour at a special awards ceremony hosted by Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner last night (Wednesday 23rd November).

Winner Photos

The fruits of their labour were recently displayed in poster form across the force area to raise awareness of the consequences of committing criminal damage.

PCC Barry Coppinger invited primary and secondary school children to enter a competition to create artwork illustrating the impact criminal damage has on their community.

Acknowledging a recent increase in criminal damage during the autumn period, Mr Coppinger said he believed young people are often portrayed negatively due to the actions of a small minority.

He believes the competition was a chance to engage with young people and show them at their best.

Entries ranged from posters, social media, video and radio adverts – all containing the central message “Criminal Damage, What’s it Worth?!.”

The overall winner came in the form of a poster by Ella Thwaites from New Marske Primary.  Fellow pupil Harriet Stannard won second place in the primary school category.

In the secondary school category, Thornaby Academy scooped both prizes with Katie Trainer winning first prize and Millie Shaw second.

In the multimedia category – the winner was Glebe Primary School, and Holy Rosary Primary School pupil Jacob Trotter won second prize.

The children, their families and teachers were invited to the awards ceremony at Cleveland Police HQ last night.

Mr Coppinger said: “The standard of entries was extremely high, making it very difficult to choose our winners.  I was delighted that so many children and young people got involved and I hope this was a fun, interactive and educational way of encouraging them to think about how criminal damage affects our communities.

“All those who entered the competition deserve praise and I hope our winners and their families enjoyed the special presentation event last night.”