Final looming in violence campaign competition

A panel of judges are getting ready to choose a winner in the Dragon’s Den-style final of a schools competition.

Youngsters from schools across the county were invited to come up with their best ideas to promote the message that one punch can be fatal for the ‘One Punch One Life’ campaign.

The initiative, which is being backed by former Northampton Saints star Ben Cohen, will come to a head when the youngsters pitch their ideas to a panel of judges at the finals.

The Dragons will be Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Adrian Lee, the county’s Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson, Wellingborough-based Full Support Healthcare chief executive officer Sarah Stoute, KPK Associates chief executive Keith Kruger and Barclaycard General Counsel David McCahon.

Mr Lee said: “When we did this last year we got some really good ideas about arson which led to a 30 per cent reduction in arson last year.

“I think it will be very interesting and it will challenge our thinking on how best we communicate with young people.”

Mr Emberson said: “I am going to be looking for new and fresh ideas, an understanding of what the issues are and a business approach to it.”

Mrs Stoute said: “There’s evidently going to be a lot of untapped talent. These children already have the answers, it’s about giving them the platform to realise their ideas.”

Mr Kruger said: “It’s always amazing when you give kids the platform and opportunity how they will rise to the opportunity and surprise us completely.”

The final will take place at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering on July 3 and 4.

People who want to go along are asked to email events@connexions-northamptonshire.org.uk.