A bus designed by a Kent schoolgirl to warn other youngsters about the dangers of knives was launched in Ashford today.
Biba Love from Ursuline College in Westgate -on-sea designed the Stagecoach bus, following a competition run by the Kent and Medway’s Violence Reduction Unit. Youngsters from Years 7 -13 were invited to take part and their entries were judged by the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott, Kent’s High Sheriff Remony Millwater, the Managing Director of Stagecoach Joel Mitchell and Chief Inspector Sparkes Nick Sparkes.
Hundreds of youngsters entered the competition from all over the county and picking the bus design proved tricky.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott whose office funds the Violent Reduction Unit said,
“We saw so many thought-provoking and inspirational designs and pictures. The competition demonstrated just how talented the youngsters of this county are. However, they weren’t just good pictures, they sent out a very clear knife awareness message. It was a privilege to be a judge.”
Joel Mitchell, Managing Director at Stagecoach South East said:
"We are pleased to support the Kent Police violence reduction team with their campaign to reduce knife crime. We were so impressed with the creativity of the children's artwork, and there were such a variety of brilliant designs."
Biba's vibrant colourful composition works really well on the back of a bus and gets the message across in a really engaging way. Well done Biba!"
There were other prize winners too: Angelina Terry from John Wallis C of E school won £100 prize for her anti knife crime depiction and Rio Wilkinson from The Rowan Academy in Chatham was third.
The collection prize was won by Cornfields School in Ashford.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Violent Reduction Unit is a multi-agency partnership using a public health approach, to tackle violent crime in our communities. It was set up with money which the Police and Crime Commissioner receives from the Home Office.