Students at Edge Hill University are using their film production skills to help West Lancashire Police combat crime, by producing an educational DVD about the aftermath of criminal damage.

Around 20 second year undergraduates taking the Film Studies with Film and TV Production degree are working with the police to produce the DVD, which will be shown in schools to provide a greater understanding of the consequences of crime.

Mark Fremaux is TV Production lecturer at the University: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work on a project that will benefit the police in their tackle against criminal damage. They will be using their practical skills in TV production to show young people that criminal damage can cause extreme distress to its victims and can seriously affect the communities in which they live.”

Students hope to work with children from Glenburn Sports College in Skelmersdale who will be appearing as actors in reconstructed crime scenes. They will be creating scripts and storyboards based on real life scenarios provided by the police and filming interviews with victims.

Police Community Support Officer John Read came up with the idea. He said: “We hope that the DVD will show young people that it’s not clever to cause mindless damage to properties and that criminal damage can have a devastating effect on victims especially the elderly and vulnerable. I?m especially pleased to be working with staff and students at Edge Hill who are really keen to begin the process. I?m looking forward to seeing the end result.”