COLLEGE REWARDED FOR FILM MAKING SKILLS
filmmakers from Huyton Sports and Arts Centre for Learning are
celebrating after making a winning movie about the consequences of
becoming involved with gangs and guns as part of a Merseyside Police
Merseyside Police commissioned pupils from Huyton Sports and Arts
Centre for Learning and Christ the King Centre for Learning to
produce their own films to dissuade their peers from joining gangs
and highlight the dangers of carrying/using a gun.
Armed with a video camera they were asked to produce a three-minute
film and distribute to as many young people as possible within three
weeks. Judges from Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council were
stunned by the creativity and innovative ways the schools pushed
their videos out. This included using social network sites such as
You Tube and Facebook.
Both entries were of a consistently high standard, but after much
deliberation, Huyton Sports and Arts Centre for Learning was
selected as the winning team. All the entries were judged on
content, creativity, effectiveness and distribution.
The winning students received £250 for their school and the video
equipment they used for the project. The video will also be posted
on the Merseyside Police website. The Safer Knowsley Partnership has
also made a donation to the runners-up in recognition of their
The team - which consisted of Lloyd Williams, Sophie Lynch, Andrew
Connor, Sam Meaghan, Chloe O'Neill, Natalie Reppion, Jess Balmer and
amy Houghton - chose hard-hitting themes throughout their video to
try and influence the behaviour of other young people.
One of the winning school pupils Lloyd Williams, said:- "It's
been a very interesting experience coming up with ideas and
progressing the video. We have all worked hard to create a video
that will have a positive impact on the community."
To get their video out to as many people as possible the students
put the video on the school screen and it has been viewed by 1400
pupils. It has also been shown during lessons and at local youth
centres and placed on YouTube. They also asked for feedback on how
effective the video was and received a 96% satisfaction rate. A
total of 106 pupils were interviewed for the survey, which also
revealed the following:-
96% of students said that the film was successful in getting across
the dangers and consequences of gun crime 58% of students knew about
the consequences of gun crime before watching the video
The viral video schools competition is part of a wider Merseyside
Police Gun Crime campaign and the videos produced by the schools
were aimed at young people under the age of 18.
Acting Superintendent Claire Richards, said:- "This project
has been a great success. I was overwhelmed by the high quality of
both video's and the innovative, hard-hitting approaches used by the
students to get key messages about gun crime across to their peers.
Using groups of young people to act as role models to influence
other young people is invaluable. It was evident that a lot of hard
work and effort had been put into the project and feedback from the
pupils who were involved was very positive."
Steve Agger, Knowsley Council Service Director - Crime and Disorder,
said:- "The Safer Knowsley Partnership recognises the hard
work that has been put into this project by the schools and pupils
involved. They both showed great creativity and a sound
understanding of the issue. We value their involvement in helping to
promote, what we feel is a very important message to members of
their own peer group. We hope to continue the relationships we have
developed with both schools and to work with them again on future
The winning video will be broadcasted on the Merseyside Police and
Knowsley websites from Thursday, 17 December 2009.
ROBBERY AT GOLDSMITHS, LIVERPOOL ONE
Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident at a
jewellery store in Liverpool One on Saturday, 12 December 2009.
Police were called to Goldsmiths in Liverpool One just before 10am
on Saturday following reports that four men had forced entry to the
store. The men, who arrived at the store in a dark green
Golf with the registration number M387 UCX, had their faces covered
and were wearing grey and dark hooded tracksuits. The men smashed
into the glass display cabinets in an attempt to steal expensive
watches. Nothing was stolen during the incident. A security
officer from the store chased the men but was knocked to the ground
as the car left the scene. The four men split into pairs and ran off
through the centre of Liverpool before all getting back into the
vehicle around the corner. The vehicle was later found partially set
alight in Gildart Street. Only minor injuries were sustained
by the security guard during the incident. The
investigation is continuing and officers are examining CCTV footage
from around the area.
Inspector, Chris Green, said:- "We are doing everything we can
to catch these men who carried out this attempted robbery in a busy
shopping centre where people were carrying out their Christmas
shopping. While I understand that this was a frightening incident
for those in the shopping centre at the time I would like to
reassure people that no violence was aimed at the public during this
incident. Officers are continuing to investigate and are examining
CCTV footage from around the area to establish who these men are and
bring them before the courts. We are investigating a number of
positive lines of enquiry relating to this offence. The offenders
attempted to set the vehicle alight but were unsuccessful so a
number of clues have been left at the scene and police are working
with forensic experts to recover evidence. Police also investigating
possible links to other similar incidents that occurred in Heswall,
Birkenhead and Wigan. I would encourage anyone who has any
information about the incident to come and speak to us. Did you
perhaps see the dark green Golf arriving or leaving the scene?
Someone out there knows who is responsible and I would urge any
person with any information about this incident to get in contact."
Anyone who witnessed the incident, saw anything suspicious in the
area either before or after or is asked to call Liverpool North CID
on:- 0151 777 4809 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.