School on right side of the law

Thirteen Year 8 pupils from the Duke's Middle School won the local heats of the Mock Magistrates Trial Competition.
Thirteen Year 8 pupils from the Duke's Middle School won the local heats of the Mock Magistrates Trial Competition.

STUDENTS from Northumberland were a law unto themselves as they took part in a mock trial competition.

Teams of pupils from Bede Academy, Blyth, Bothal Middle School, Ashington, Chantry Middle School, Morpeth, Cramlington Learning Village, Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick, Duke’s Middle School, Alnwick, and Newminster Middle School, Morpeth, took part in the local heats of the Mock Magistrates’ Trial Competition at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court, Bedlington, on Saturday, March 10.

And the winners were the team from the Duke’s Middle School, who received a cup and a cheque for £250, and will take part in the regional competition in Sunderland on Saturday, May 12.

They also celebrated their win with a dinner provided by Blackmore’s of Alnwick, for which they thank all the staff.

The team members were Year 8 pupils Rory Wilson and Rachel Gleeson, prosecuting lawyers, Alex Clark-Thompson and Ellen Boyes, defence lawyers, Adam Robinson as the defendant, witnesses Jordan Caulfield, Poppy Elliott and James Purvis, usher Patrick Turner, legal advisor Edris Ramezanpour and magistrates Caitlin Lewis, Katie Somers and Scarlett Roberts.

All the teams had to argue the case of the Crown versus George Low, each taking the part of the defence in one round and the prosecution in the other.

George was alleged to have dishonestly received stolen goods, namely two bottles of vodka to the value of £33.98 knowing or believing them to be stolen, contrary to Section 22 of the Theft Act 1968.

The organisers thanked the supporters of the competition who helped either with donations or their time including Alnwick Rotary Club represented by Elaine Smith and Terry Long, West Bedlington Town Council represented by Mary Allen, Morpeth Town Council, Cramlington Rotary Club, Blyth Rotary Club, Greggs, private sponsors and the staff and magistrates of the Court who organised the event led by Steve John JP.