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Anti Knife Crime message taken to the football pitches

Alert message sent 12/12/2019 15:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Police officers and school children came together on the football pitch yesterday to promote an anti-knife crime message.

The event was held on Wednesday, 11 December at Powerleague, in the shadow of Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium.

The children, aged between 10 and 11-years, were from 11 primary schools across the east of Derby, including Chellaston, Shelton Lock, Alvaston, Allenton and Sinfin. They were taking part in a five-a-side football tournament organised by the local policing Safer Neighbourhood team.

The tournament was arranged after the team had visited all the schools to give the pupils an input on the dangers of carrying a knife, as part of Derbyshire police’s Project Zao.

Sergeant Lauren Siddall, one of the Sergeants in charge of the team, said: “Officers have been visiting all the Year 6 students at schools in the area to talk about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“The football tournament has been a fun way of consolidating that learning, developing relationships between officers and the children and showing that there are more positive activities to take part in than perhaps causing antisocial behaviour or getting involved in crime.

“It was an excellent day with all the teams playing and competing well.”

The competition was eventually won by the team from Chellaston Junior School (pictured here with Sgt Siddall), who won a hard fought final with Oakwood Junior School from Alvaston.
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