Schools have day in court

TWO Morpeth schools had their day in court, but narrowly missed out on a prize.

Both Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools took part in the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition in Bedlington, which saw a total of seven schools going head to head.

The teams all had to argue the case of the Crown versus George Low, who was accused of receiving stolen goods, each taking the part of the defence in one round and the prosecution in another, while some pupils formed the Bench.

Around 105 pupils took part in the challenge, supported by parents and teachers.

The competition was judged by serving magistrates and after a closely fought contest the Duke’s Middle School in Alnwick was named the winner, taking a trophy and £250 cash prize, which were presented by the High Sheriff of Northumberland Fiona Sample.

The school will now represent the county at the regional heats in Sunderland in May.

The Northumberland event was organised by the staff and magistrates at South East Northumberland Law Courts, led by Steve John JP.