Winners announced in schools anti-violence competition

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A team from Weavers School in Wellingborough was named the winner of a contest aimed at promoting awareness of the potential consequences of violence.

Pupils from several schools presented their ideas to promote the fact that one punch can prove fatal to a panel of judges in the Dragon’s Den-style final.

The contest was judged by Northamptonshire Police’s chief constable Adrian Lee, assistant chief constable Andy Frost, chief fire officer Martyn Emberson, Sarah Stoute, CEO of Full Support Healthcare, Keith Kruger, CEO of KPK Associates, and David McCahon, Barclaycard General Counsel.

The final took place on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 3 and 4) at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering.

The winning idea by the Weavers team involved people, such as staff in pubs and clubs or those responsible for selling alcohol, wearing tshirts with the words ‘One Punch can take a life’ displayed on the front, and ‘Be alert. Don’t get hurt. Think’ on the back.

The Weavers team were named winners of the Stuart Martin Trophy. Mr Martin, of Wellingborough, was killed as a result of one punch in June 2010.

His mother Joyce and fiancé Katie were at the event. Joyce gave a speech and spoke about how pleased she was to be supporting the initiative.

The school teams put forward several ideas of how to spread the message that one punch can kill.

Pupils from Lodge Park Technology College in Corby presented their concept ‘A Taste of Jail’. The idea was for people who commit low-level violence to spend a night in a cell in an effort to put them off of reoffending.

Pupils from Sir Christopher Hatton school in Wellingborough came up with several ideas as part of their strategy. The team created a funky bag and a logo to raise awareness of the cause.

The Northampton School for Girls team produced a thought-provoking film highlighting the consequences of low-level violence which they planned to show at other schools and publish on social networking sites.

Guilsborough School’s ‘Fight the Urge to Fight’ campaign involved the distribution of ‘Keep Calm’ posters and a Pledge Wall in their school where students would be able to sign up to the promise of blocking out anti-social behaviour and low-level violence.

The team from Huxlow School in Irthlingborough focussed on the costs of violence, not just financially, with the slogan –‘One Mistake One Life to Take’. They planned to produce tshirts and beer mats.

Pupils from Northampton Academy wrote and sang a moving song.

Shaun Johnson from the county’s Arson Task Force said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in this initiative. The dedication of the students, teachers and schools that made this event happen was astonishing. I cannot thank them enough for their support and hope they will take part in next year’s challenge.”

At the end of the second evening of the finals Sarah Stoute presented the Innovation Award to Weavers School and David McCahon presented the Best Presentation Award to Northampton School for Girls.

Martyn Emberson then announced Weavers School as the overall winners of the competition.