Young people in Milton Keynes invited to rap, speak or write about knife crime

    As part of Milton Keynes' Month of Action Against Violence, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber has launched a rap and spoken word competition, ‘The Knife Sentence’.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber has launched a competition, ‘The Knife Sentence’, to raise awareness of the impact of knife crime on individuals and communities and give young people the opportunity to express their feelings against violence.

    The competition invites anyone aged 11 – 25 to submit their own Knife Sentence; a short rap, spoken word performance or written lyrics about how they feel about knife crime and violence in Milton Keynes.  It forms part of the activity that is taking place during December’s Month of Action Against Violence, which will also see the hosting of the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, also known as the Knife Angel, outside MK Stadium.

    Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, said: “The competition is about engaging young people on the issue of knife crime; how they feel about it and how it affects them.  

    “Violence, and in particular knife crime, is a real concern amongst communities in Milton Keynes.  The purpose of the Month of Action and the presence of the Knife Angel is to bring statutory organisations and the community together to open up discussions about how we can work together to tackle it. 

    “Some young people may find it a difficult subject to talk about.  I hope the competition provides a way for young people to open up and get involved in the conversation.”

    Entries will be judged across three age group categories by Thames Valley music group Readipop who are supporting the competition. 

    Winners could be heard on Spotify, win a MK Dons match day experience as well as a chance to record their own music at a session with Readipop.

    Full competition details, including three different downloadable beats to be used as backing tracks for entries, can be found on the website competition page.

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