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Norwich pupils to be warned of shoplifting perils

PUBLISHED: 14:39 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:52 01 July 2010

Peter Walsh

Pupils in one part of Norwich will soon be swapping calculators for crime prevention as part of a new police initiative.

Pupils in one part of Norwich will soon be swapping calculators for crime prevention as part of a new police initiative.

A hard-hitting Shoplifting DVD created by Norfolk Constabulary is being launched for the first time in Norfolk at Sewell Park College on Tuesday, June 8.

Shoplifting: We All Pay the Price is aimed at 11-14 year olds and warns them about the consequences of shoplift-ing and how it can affect their lives and careers.

Year 8 pupils will watch the short film and use the youth engagement pack in a lesson where they will rate shoplifting as a crime and discuss the topic.

It shows how two youngsters make a wrong decision in a local store and find themselves speaking with police officers about their actions. Figures show that the majority of shoplifters are aged between 10 and 17, most of whom do not realise they become criminalised by shoplifting.

PC Jane Scott, who is a School Liaison Officer from Mile Cross, Catton and Fiddlewood Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is a fantastic initiative which will hopefully deter any potential shoplifters from thinking about committing the crime.”

Key Stage 3 Director of Learning at Sewell Park College Trevor Gannon said: “We are really pleased to be in-volved with Norfolk Constabulary and helping to launch the DVD. We hope our students will take on board the strong message that shoplifting can have an extremely detrimental impact on their future.”

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