A basketball event held by the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to bring the communities in Leicester together has been described as “a great success” by the organisation [8 November 2013].
The event was held at Evington Leisure Centre on October 24th for eight to 17-year-olds and was funded by the Leicestershire & Rutland Crimestoppers volunteer committee to engage young people in positive activities and raise awareness of the charity’s youth service, Fearless.
Former British international Karl Brown led the sessions, with a three on three tournament held, as well as coaching with the youngsters to improve their basketball skills.
While the event was set up with the intention of those in attendance to have fun, the aim of the day was to promote the Crimestoppers charity, the work with the local community and to make youngsters aware of Fearless and the opportunities they have through the youth service.
Sue Witts, Vice-Chair for the Leicestershire & Rutland Crimestoppers committee, said: “Events like this are really important because it is the people in our communities who can be the real crime-fighters.
“Youngsters can sometimes feel like they don’t have a voice when it comes to speaking up about crime – Fearless is a great avenue for them to do this, safe in the knowledge that their anonymity will always be guaranteed.”
If you have any information about crime, please contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form. To find out more about Fearless, visit www.fearless.org.
For more information please contact Crimestoppers Media Officer Kieran Theivam on 0208 835 3727 or email Kieran.firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form.
- Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 126,000 arrests and charges. Over £127 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £307 million worth of drugs has been seized.
- In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,500 arrests to date.
- Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.