Students challenged to take on hate crimes

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Police have challenged students in schools across Northamptonshire to come up with new ways of helping to cut hate crime.

The force has revealed this year’s County Schools Challenge, which is now in its fourth year, is challenging students to help find a way of tackling prejudice.

The theme this year has been inspired by the death of Sophie Lancaster, who was kicked to death in a park in Lancashire in 2007, simply because of the way she looked.

Officers and PCSOs are in the process of visiting all secondary schools across the county to invite them to enter the 2013 project.

Supt Gary Ashton said: “The goal is to find a solution to the problem of prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative sub-cultures and to increase awareness of the issue in the community.

“What better inspiration is needed than to be involved in creating something which could ultimately be used to change or possibly save someone’s life?”

The students will be asked to produce a product that will raise awareness and reduce hate crime, with the winners chosen by a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style panel.

Any schools interested in taking part can contact susan.fletcher@northants.pnn. for information.