Sedgley Park training centre in North Manchester was the venue for the charity's first Northern Conference, which saw delegates attend from the North West, Yorkshire & Humberside and the North East.



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The Fearless crew


The conference was well attended by the Northumbria Committee, and in particular saw the official unveiling of the Fearless crew, who  have come together to promote the work of Fearless in the Northumbria Region, and recently held a fashion show at which Fearless was promoted heavily to the young audience.

They are ably supported by Lisa Nightingale (right of pic) who is an active Committee member of the Northumbria Committee. They were incredibly well received at the Northern Conference, and a lot of very positive comments were made by a number of the attendees.

Dave Hunter North East Regional Manager said: "These girls have done a fantastic job already, and are really working hard to promote the Fearless messaging, and to have them at the Northern conference is brilliant, as it showcases the positive aspects of youth."

The Conference was well attended with around 95 delegates, which included Crimestoppers Coordinators, volunteers, guest speakers and Central Office staff.

The importance of Crimestoppers

Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie, Crimestoppers ACPO lead, informed delegates of the importance of Crimestoppers and the value of the charity's work to the police.

Bill Griffiths, Trustee, gave an in-depth speech of how he became involved with the charity whilst he was working in the Police and how it has evolved over the years, particularly with the introduction of social media and mobile phones.

Crimestoppers CEO Michael Laurie CBE informed delegates of the work that is happening to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Crimestoppers.

The Durham committee were out in force


Sylvia Lancaster gave a heartfelt speech on the tragic circumstances which led to the murder of her daughter Sophie Lancaster. Sylvia Lancaster is involved with educating young people on hate crime and the diversity of life.

There were two workshops available on social media and Fearless, the charity's youth brand. Both were very well attended and feedback was very positive.

Thanks go to all who attended and were involved.

Positive feedback

Here are some comments following the event that came from our volunteers in Humberside:

"The event was very interesting and gave me a lot more information and insight into the Crimestoppers organisation".

"I fully enjoyed it.  There were things that I did not know but do now".

"I thought it was great, very interesting and nice to be able to listen and ask questions."