Award joy for students

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A project set up in Ashfield six years ago with the aim of encouraging young people to consider and deliver messages about crime and anti-social behaviour has been named as runner-up in the National Crimebeat Awards.

Staff and pupils from two of Sutton Community Academy and Quarrydale School took part in Dragons’ Den-style projects and attended the awards ceremony in London this week where they were presented with medals, certificates and a cheque for £750.

The awards recognise the most innovative and successful crime-prevention projects involving young people, and in congratulating the finalists the High Sheriff of Greater London Kevin McGrath said: “I am greatly inspired and uplifted by the work you are all doing, you are role models within your community.”

Following announcement of the Crimebeat winners the guests were treated to lunch and then the young people were taken on a bus tour of the capital and for a flight on the London Eye as part of their reward.

Nottinghamshire County Council community safety officer Leah Sareen said: “We are absolutely delighted. The youngsters provided a ten-minute presentation about the project at the ceremony did a great job. Ashfield should be very proud of this achievement, it has showcased excellent work being done in the district to people from all over England and Wales.”