Academics and policing figureheads lead DMU students in discussions combatting rampant UK knife crime

By Perry Johnson

A host of expert academics and policing figureheads delivered a series of panel discussions with law students at De Montfort University last week, to discuss the pressing issue of rampant knife crime.

The event, which took place between 9 AM and 3:30 PM last Monday (4 November), featured two panel discussions and a workshop educating students on the issues and encouraging them to take action.

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The event’s panels included academic experts, policing figureheads and student representatives all discussing the issues and possible solutions of knife crime

The panels featured several guest speakers – including Craig Pinkney; an urban youth specialist with over 15 years’ experience in roles including outreach worker and gang exit strategist.

Mr Pinkney said: “We talk about knife crime like it’s a new phenomenon but there’s over 60 years of literature in university about why people carry knives; we need to know what this says if we want be part of the action.”

The issue of knife crime is growing with police statistics indicating that knife crime has increased rapidly in England and Wales since 2014; while knife related homicides peaked in 2018, reaching its highest figure since 1946.

Mr Pinkney said: “We have to start asking new questions and thinking about what therapeutic intervention looks like and how it meets the needs of different young people; rather than have this one-shoe-fits-all kind of mentality.”

The event, organised by DMU law lecturer Melica Martin, involved students from both the Black and Street Law societies at the university, some of which appeared alongside guests on the panel.

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Students and lecturers shared their views, from left: Jessica Hill (Law LLB Student and Vice-Chair of Street Law Society), Melica Martin (Law Lecturer and Event Organiser), and Christopher Inglis (Law LLB Student and Chair of Street Law Society)

Melica Martin, who formed Black Law Society at DMU, said: “The event we’ve put on has been an eye opener for students – the majority did not even know about the law.”

Earlier this year the new Offensive Weapons Act 2019 received Royal Assent making it illegal to possess a dangerous weapon in private and strengthening police response.

Melica said: “We hope that in the future we can have more people engage in what we are doing and actually make a difference; not just have another conversation.”

Battle of the Boys: DMU Rugby and Football team up for Charity Darts Night

By Beth Surridge

De Montfort University’s Rugby and Football clubs are coming together to put on a student charity darts night to support men’s health, later this month.

The two clubs will play against each other in a sport that is unfamiliar to them both with all proceeds going towards the Movember Foundation.

The foundation is important to both clubs, with both of them taking part in this year’s ‘Movember’ which involves growing a moustache and not shaving for charity.

Ben Nossiter, chairman of DMU Rugby, said: “The evening is going to be a great laugh in the name of charity and also to play on the competitive rivalry between DMU’s two biggest societies.”

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RIVALRY CONTINUES: Ben Nossiter (left) and DMU Rugby will take on Connor Parkinson (right) and DMU Football

The Movember Foundation aims to raise money for men’s health, which ranges from prostate and testicular cancer, to mental health.

Ben added: “Men’s suicide is the highest cause of death for young men and anything we can do to try and reduce this statistic is great.”

The foundation funds over 1,250 projects in over 20 different countries, and by 2030 they aim to have reduced the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.

The charity darts night aims to be a new, fun and inclusive event, inviting all students to get involved for a great cause.

Connor Parkinson, chairman of DMU Men’s Football, said: “We chose to do a darts competition because it has a great culture for having a good time and we wanted to organise an event where people would enjoy themselves whilst raising money for charity at the same time.

“Men’s football have raised over £1,500 for Movember already, and we anticipate the darts to bring in another £1,000 to be equally split between the two clubs.

“To the fans; we look forward to seeing you all for a great night in the SU. Enjoy it and give generously.”

The event is taking place on Saturday, November 23, and tickets are available on the De Montfort SU website.

To find out more about the Movember Foundation head to https://uk.movember.com/about/cause

Student makes half a grand on KSI vs Logan Paul rematch

By James Cannell

Student Alex Hudson stayed up until 5am on Sunday, not just to see KSI beat Logan Paul in their boxing rematch, but to also earn himself £500.

The boxing match took place in the Staple Centre in Los Angeles. However, Alex watched from the comfort of his own bed. 

“I placed the bet because I knew KSI would beat Logan, he does anything he sets his mind to, it never mattered that he was the underdog. He was always going to be the champion.” 

The match saw internet celebrities KSI (Olajide Olatunji’s online name) and Paul face each other in a professional six round boxing match. In the end KSI won by split decision. 

KSI was pitched by many as the underdog due to him being 5cm shorter and weighing in at 2.8kg less than his 6ft2 opponent Paul.

Because of this, bookmakers William Hill placed their odds at 25/1 against KSI while others such as Ladbrokes had him at 7/4.

Alex explained: “I saw those odds and couldn’t help myself. I placed £20 on KSI to win as soon as I saw the offer. No questions asked.” 

The UK boxer was clearly the people’s choice when it came to who they wanted to win. His rival Paul has been at the epicentre of many controversies throughout his career.

Alex said: “When I was younger, I was always a KSI fan, I still keep up with him, but if I’m honest I placed the bet because I absolutely hate Logan Paul.

“Logan is just too arrogant, he talked the big talk but when it came to it he wasn’t the better fighter.” 

The fighters are expected to take away a minimum of $900,000 just from their contracts. But Alex seems more than happy with £500 profit. 

“At the end of the day the money is just proof of what I believed. Now I can buy myself a new TV to see him fight his next opponent.” 

KSI said at the end of the fight that for now, he is done with fighting. And Alex is more than happy to wait and place his next bet.

 

DMU Lions suffer huge defeat in first game in new division

By Beth Surridge

De Montfort University’s American Football team failed to kick off their first season in division one successfully, losing 20-0 to Derby Braves.

Last year, the DMU Lions (then called the Falcons) secured promotion into the top division for the first time in the club’s history.

However, they did not get off to the best start in this new league although second year player Alex Hulme said that they “expected to lose by a greater margin.”

He added: “Long story short, we lost they won. They had six Americans in their team, who will have played the game longer than we have and know more than we know.

“We installed a new playbook and it didn’t work, our first-pick quarterback got injured and we had to use a back up instead. We did well when considering the circumstances.”

Their next game is away on Sunday, November 24, against Loughborough.

The Purge Review: Great comedy, awful horror

By James Cannell

The Purge is an excellent theory that, if it were real, would provide the perfect opportunity to hop on a plane, fly to New Orleans, visit the USA Network studios and torch any and all remnants of this pitiful excuse for a show.

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It is not all bad, thanks to the pitiful acting and lousy writing, you will most likely have to leave the room out of fear of wetting yourself with laughter rather than fear.

If you hold back on the laughs, the premise of the show, much like the movies, is a genuinely interesting concept that deals with social class, corruption and human morality.

The idea of having 12 hours to purge yourself of any hatred or anger genuinely gives the audience a chance for self-reflection and to question if “you would purge?”

However, after watching this show, the answer is unarguably yes, maybe, then I would feel better about the ten hours of my life that I wasted pouring into this show.

It is hard to tell whether it is the acting, the writing or the directing that make The Purge an inexcusable train wreckage of a movie, but what does it matter? Because at this point there is now a burning train wreck of a show with all of its cast and crew all trapped inside.

There were so many carriages full of insignificance and pointlessness that the show was bound to fall off the rails. Unfortunately no-one would mourn its loss.

The predictability of the storyline serves only for perhaps a good drinking game, or maybe a group betting circle for predictions on where the story will go.

In the latter case, everyone would have lost their money on the big twist at the end. Writer James DeMonaco’s attempt to tie the multiple character threads together might as well have been plucked from a magician’s top hat, after pulling a white rabbit simply wouldn’t suffice.

Somehow despite all of this, the show’s new season premiered on October 15, only 16 days before Halloween and yet USA Network is still trying to scare us with terrifyingly awful TV.

But it is not just the network that should be scared, the premier for the first season raked in a solid 1.39 million live viewers according to ShowBizzDaily.

However, the second season only gained 0.61 million and the most recent gained only 0.58 million. It’s fair to say that James DeMoncaco’s The Purge might crash and burn sooner than he had hoped.