Pupils experience what it is like behind bars

Published Monday, 22 October 2018

Pupils from East Northamptonshire had a unique opportunity to learn about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime with the hope it will inspire them to always remain law-abiding citizens.

Year nine students from Manor School Sports College, Raunds attended the Crime Awareness Day on Thursday 4 October, and were joined by Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council (ENC), Cllr Wendy Brackenbury, Thrapston and Raunds Rotary President, Robert How and Rotarian Mike Clements.

Pupils were divided into groups, and each attended six scenarios, led by an ex-offender, police officers, ex-prison staff, The Raunds Fire Service and The Red Cross. The scenarios focussed on anti-social behaviour, child grooming, harassment and carrying an offensive weapon. 

A portable prison cell was brought in to illustrate life being locked away. Anthony, an ex-offender, spoke about his life from being a young boy from a law-abiding family in London to becoming involved in drugs and gangs, which led to 21 years behind bars. He told pupils how he has changed his life by getting an education and is now a full member of society.

Set up by prison officers in 1993, Prison Me! No Way! is an educational charity that aims to raise awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime, which so far has reached more than five million young people.

The Prison Me! No Way! event was sponsored by four councillors from ENC, Cllrs Glenvil Greenwood-Smith, Tony Boto, Lance Jones and Peter Wathen, who provided £950 from the Member Empowerment Fund, which provides councillors with the opportunity to fund a variety of causes to benefit the local community. Two members of Thrapston and Raunds Rotary, Roxhill Properties, Mr and Mrs Chapple also sponsored the event and were all thanked by Head of Year Nine, Matt Sturgess.

Chairman of ENC, Cllr Wendy Brackenbury, said:
“The Member Empowerment Fund provides us councillors with the opportunity to support a number of local projects. I am so pleased that funding helped the school to deliver such a fantastic event for students, and provide them with the opportunity to learn about the causes of crime and the consequences it can have.”

For more information about Prison Me! No Way! visit https://www.pmnw.co.uk