Published: 1 December 2005 at 11:58
A mock trial was staged in Cambridge for students on the Anti-Social Behaviour Practitioner Course, the first of its kind in the country.
The trial, held in the former Crown Court at The Guildhall, was part of the new, groundbreaking Undergraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Anti-Social Behaviour Practitioner Studies. The course is run by Anglia Ruskin University, in collaboration with Government Office for the East of England (GO-East) and Cambridge City Council, and is designed to give those already working in the field of anti-social behaviour (ASB) a formal qualification, with an option to extend into a full MA.
Students range from police officers to local community safety representatives and ASB practitioners, from all over the East of England.
Legal professionals from national law firm Weightmans Solicitors, based in Leicester, who specialise in police and local authority law, drew on their wide experience of ASBOs and other anti-social behaviour measures to devise realistic scenarios.
John Riddell, a partner at Weightman's Leicester office, devised and wrote the mock trial, producing the witness statements of over 20 witnesses and court documents.
The police officers and ASB co-ordinators played roles of the accused and victims alongside a real judge and local barristers from Fenners Chambers in Cambridge.
Stephen Moore, Anglia Ruskin's course leader, said:
Alastair Roberts, GO-East's Regional ASB Advisor and lead officer for the Cambridge Partnership, said: