Students from five schools have ben in court taking part in a mock trial competition.
Youngsters from Cramlington Learning Village, Duke’s Middle School, Alnwick, Morpeth Chantry Middle School, Seaton Sluice Middle School, and Whitley Bay High School, had to decide if ‘Pat Taylor had stolen a mobile phone from Sam Flowers’ flower shop’ in the Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial competition.
Every team represented all of the courtroom roles: magistrates; defence and prosecution lawyers; legal advisers; ushers; witnesses; and of course defendants.
In each trial one school represented the prosecution team and their opponents the defence whilst both had magistrates on the bench.
Patricia Birley, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland presented the prize to Whitley Bay High School who took the honours this year.
The event is always well supported by local organisations, some sent representation on the day including the High Sheriff’s fund, West Bedlington Council, Morpeth Town Council, Cramlington Town Council, Alnwick Lions, Rotary Clubs of Alnwick, Morpeth and Cramlington, and Greggs the bakers in Bedlington, also discounted food items for all competitors.
Whitley Bay High School will now go forward to represent the area in the regional heats of the competition to be held in May .