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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

New film warns young people about gang culture

Young people are being warned about the dangers of getting involved in gang culture in a new film starring local teenagers.

‘Crossing the Line’ shows the risks and consequences of joining organised crime gangs, and aims to discourage young people from getting involved in crime and gang culture.

The idea for a film came after a meeting between West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership (WLCSP) and Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Giles, who is Head of Crime at Lancashire Constabulary, to discuss new and innovative ways of engaging with young people on these themes.

The partnership commissioned the Artz Centre in Birch Green to script and produce the film.

Police officers, the Youth Offending Team and Lancashire County Council’s Young Peoples Services all had an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced locally by young people and influence the script.

The actors were young people from West Lancashire who gave strong performances to get the messages across.

‘Crossing the Line’ was officially launched at the Artz Centre where the audience of more than 100 people was very impressed with what they saw.

Those watching included the High Sherriff of Lancashire, Amanda Parker and the Mayor of West Lancashire Councillor Nikki Hennessy, who presented members of the cast and production crew with awards for their contribution to the project.

Dave Tilleray, Chairman of the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, said: “Mark Ashton and his talented team at the Artz Centre, which includes a fantastic local cast of young people, have produced an excellent tool for engaging young people on the dangers of organised crime. We aim to arrange to have the film shown in all local secondary schools to highlight the consequences of making poor choices. Hopefully this will ensure teenagers and even younger children are more informed on this subject and to deter them away from becoming involved in organised crime.

Detective Chief Superintendent Giles said: “It is vitally important that we seek to protect and support young people who are vulnerable to becoming involved with street  gangs and organised criminality. Our approach to this disruption is for their sake as well as for the benefit of the community. The cast and crew on ‘Crossing the Line’ can be very proud of what they have produced and the film will be a big help in our work to stop teenagers joining gangs.”

For more information on the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership please visit West Lancashire Community Partnership.

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