North East Wales

Drama used to deter Flintshire children from crime

A court room (generic)
Image caption Children will have a meeting with magistrates as part of the project

A series of workshops have been held in Flintshire to try and dissuade school children from turning to crime.

Justice in a Day, organised by police, the North Wales Criminal Justice Board and others, has been held at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold.

Children have seen dramas based on a fictional character from when he commits a crime, to his sentencing.

They will also meet magistrates and try to learn about the long term impact of crime on perpetrators and victims.

The project, which started on Monday and will end on Friday, is aimed at 13-15-year-olds.

It is funded by the Criminal Justice Board's Community Cashback scheme which re-invests proceeds from crime into the community.

Each participating school used the drama, featuring professional actors, to explore the impact of crimes and their resolution through the courts and probation service.

Clwyd Theatr Cymru said it was working with the police to encourage good citizenship, and if successful the workshops could be extended to schools across north Wales.

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