Schools receive national award for crimefighting project

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An Ashfield project to stop young people committing crimes has received national acclaim.

Staff and students from Sutton Community Academy attended the National Crimebeat Awards in London earlier this month to receive a prize on behalf of participating schools across the district.

The awards recognise the most innovative and successful crime-prevention projects in the country.

Ashfield won for its development of a Dragons’ Den scheme encouraging young people to consider and deliver projects fighting crime and anti-social behaviour.

Now in its sixth year, the theme for 2015 is alcohol misuse. With Year 10 students running a campaign to promote healthy lifestyles.

Community safety officer Leah Sareen said: “We are absolutely delighted. Ashfield should be very proud of this achievement.

“It’s showcased excellent work being done in the district to people from all over England and Wales.”

On the day, students delivered a ten-minute presentation about the project, before receiving medals, certificates and a cheque for £750.

They were then treated to lunch and taken on a bus tour of the capital and a flight on the London Eye as part of their reward.

Kevin McGrath, High Sheriff of Greater London, congratulated the schools, saying: “I am greatly inspired and uplifted by the work you are all doing, you are role models within your community.”

Students recently launched the 2014 project website which supports young people who live with abusive relationships. The work can be viewed at www.stopair.org.