Rugby pupils take centre stage with talent show stars to launch Hate Crime Awareness Week - The Rugby Observer

Rugby pupils take centre stage with talent show stars to launch Hate Crime Awareness Week

Andy Morris 16th Oct, 2017   0

TALENTED students from Avon Valley School have teamed up with Coventry-based The Voice star Letitia George and Let It Shine star Jordan Charles to create a powerful music single showing the pain caused by hate crime.

Eight talented performing arts students feature in the video to Love Instead of Hate (Give it a Try), produced by Warwickshire County Council and recorded at school.

Created for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017, the song has been produced in Warwickshire by music producers Neil Williams and Chris Welch, and aims to raise awareness of hate crimes and increase the public reporting of them through a new website.

The site, called Report Hate Now, was launched after a recent study suggested three out of every five hate crimes are not reported to the police.

The song was initially inspired by poetry written by Stephen Crowshaw, a Nuneaton and Bedworth Police officer.

Avon Valley achievement leader Dan Phelan said: “This was a really exciting project, and something our students do not normally get to experience.

“As you will see in the video the shoot was quite messy as it involved black paint and colourful powder. However the students loved every minute of it.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Warwickshire County Council, the producers, and artists for involving us in this video, which I hope will be very successful.”

Head teacher Alison Davies added: “I am incredibly proud of the students who were involved in this project. I was fortunate to be able to watch the video for the first time with students who were involved and their reaction to the finished video was wonderful.”

Click here to watch the video. Visit to report hate crimes.

OFFICERS from Warwickshire Police are joining forces with partners to raise awareness of hate crime at a number of events across Warwickshire this week.

Chief Superintendent Charles Hill, hate crime lead for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said: “During Hate Crime Awareness Week we put a special focus on going out and talking to our communities – increasing awareness of hate crime, letting people know how they can report hate crime and increasing confidence that the police will take action.”

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