Drink dangers DVD wins group £1,000

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A GROUP of young film makers have scooped £1,000 for making a DVD highlighting the dangers of underage drinking.

The youngsters from Seaton Carew Youth Centre were named the regional winners in the Youth against Crime competition and have secured their place in the national finals.

Groups from across the Cleveland Police force area competed for the £1,000 prize by coming up with ideas to tackle crime and safety in their area.

Seaton Carew Youth Centre, led by 14-year-old Polly Abbott, came up with a winning idea by highlighting the risks of underage drinking.

They used their findings to produce a DVD that has been deemed so good it will now be used in other youth centres to stress the dangers of teen boozing.

The group was presented with a cheque for £1,000 by Richard Compton, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire.

He said: “This award is thoroughly deserved and the judging panel were particularly impressed by the original approach to getting a difficult message across.”

Seaton Youth Centre is now in line to pick up another £1,000 at the competition’s national finals.

Cleveland Police youth manager, Christine Davidson, added: “This competition is a great opportunity for young people to demonstrate that they both understand and can come up with answers to issues that concern us all.”

Youth Against Crime an initiative of the National Crimebeat charity run by the High Sheriffs of England & Wales.

The charity encourages young people to play a direct part in crime reduction activities through local Crimebeat schemes.

Supporters Safe in Tees Valley, K Home Engineering, Fairfield Industries and Tees Components sponsored the initiative.

Groups interested in entering next year’s competition can contact Lorraine Nevison on 0845 2713883.