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Redditch and Bromsgrove magistrates hold hugely successful open day
5:30pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Ollie Tongue-Gibbs, aged 10, with Kace Tongue-Gibbs, eight, and senior custody office Marie Dance. Buy this photo RCR411311c
REDDITCH and Bromsgrove magistrates held a hugely successful open day on Saturday, allowing the public to see what goes on behind the scenes of the justice system.
There was the chance for people to find out about work being done to prevent crime, about keeping children safe online, the work by St Basil’s with the homeless, there was a mock trial to watch and even the chance to be locked in a cell and travel in prison transport.
There was also a presentation by the Safer Roads Partnership, an explanation on the work of Geese Theatre, which works with offenders, and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, working with sex offenders, as well as a talk by My Time counselling, and a presentation on abusive relationsips.
A spokesman said: “It was a very successful day, and more than 600 people came along.
“We would like to thank everyone who made the day such a success, particularly GeoAmey, which delivers prisoner escort custody services (PECS) across England and Wales
“They made a huge commitment, providing four staff plus a huge prison van, plus taking the ‘defendant’ up and downstairs to and from the mock trials, as well as running nine or 10 cell tours for us.
“This made a very significant contribution to our event and we are very grateful.”
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