Firefighters, prison officers and magistrates joined forces in a hard-hitting activity day called Prison Me No Way to show young people the potential consequences of driving offences and criminal behaviour. Students learned how their behaviour can have far-reaching and fatal repercussions, in regards to driving, drugs, firearms and cyber-offences. In preparation for the reconstruction the Year 9s were given the scenario of a person who had taken his parents' car out for a drive with friends before crashing. The driver and a passenger ran from the scene, but one person was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by fire fighters using specialist hydraulic equipment. Although she was given first aid the emergency services were unable to save her. The pain-staking rescue process was described in detail by a member of the fire service.
Afterwards the students attended workshops that explained how the police would conduct their investigation and prosecute the driver. Prison officers and magistrates all attended the day to answer students’ questions and give them an insight into the judicial process. The students also saw a replica of a prison cell and learned more about prison life.
The event was run by The No Way Trust, which runs programmes across the country dedicated to educating young people about crime and its consequences. Mr Doug Evans, the former national co-ordinator of PMNW said: ‘It is better than any DVD you will watch, you see it for real. We have all sorts of different workshops coming in now, anti-bullying workshops and legal highs. Anything that changes we change with it, we are always putting new workshops. We try to keep up to date with everything that is going on. We cover all the schools in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire and there are one or two of these events every single day of the school year. When schools aren’t operating we are still doing different things with the fire service, the courts and youth clubs so it never stops. It shows young people the potential consequences of their actions and helps them to make the right decision and the right choice in life. That is so important and to let them know that, no matter what the situation, there is always help. This scheme is saving people’s lives.’