Police and Crime Commissioner helps judge some of Wakefield’s future stars (8 Feb 2016)

2West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson helped judge some of Wakefield's up and coming future stars at an event at Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy last night.

The 'Future Stars' event is a talent competition and saw 5 acts from Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy and 5 acts from Minsthorpe Community College battling it out to be named a future star.

The winner was decided by a panel of three judges, Mark Burns-Williamson, Inspector Geoff Carter of West Yorkshire Police and Helen Woodcock, Estates Manager for Wakefield District Housing.

The winner was Leah Brough (pictured) from Minsthorpe Community College who performed Concrete Angel and took home the converted Future Stars trophy.

The event was arranged by West Yorkshire Police Safer Schools Partnership Officers, PC Simon Netwon and PC Amanda Blunt in partnership with Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy and Minsthorpe Community College.

There was also a special performance from Meghan Clamp who won the competition last year.

Mark Burns-Williamson said "It was a fantastic event as always and I was very pleased to be asked to help judge it. The standard of the acts was truly amazing, there are definitely some future stars in these schools and it's a great event to be involved in!"

"I would like to pass on my thanks to all those involved that made future stars possible behind the scenes, it was a real partnership event and a night to remember."

PC Simon Newton, who organised the contest, said: "We have organised Future Stars contests for several years now, and it always proves to be a wonderful and very rewarding event for both the young people involved, and ourselves as their neighbourhood policing officers.

"It continues to provide young people with a platform to showcase their talents and helps us get to know them better as their local officers.

"I want to congratulate all those who have taken part in this year's Future Stars and thank everyone especially the support from both Minsthorpe Community College and Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy who have put in so much hard work to pull together this year's event."

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