Police and students unite in bid to fight extremism in Portsmouth

Terror police at a house in Hudson Road, Portsmouth
Terror police at a house in Hudson Road, Portsmouth
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STUDENTS at Highbury College in Portsmouth have joined forces with the police to create a film to help fight radicalisation and extremism.

It will be distributed to schools and colleges across the area.

The 15-minute short is part of the police’s nationwide Prevent initiative, which aims to combat terrorism and violence in the UK.

Sergeant David Knowles said: ‘We’re working to discourage all forms of racist violence in Portsmouth.’

The film will be made by students from the college, who will lead the project, taking charge of the direction, production and filming.

Journalism student Clyde Macfarlane, 27, said: ‘It’s a great project to get involved with.

‘Portsmouth needs to promote its multiculturalism and educating young people is the place to start.’

The issue is particularly pertinent to Portsmouth after six young men went to Syria to fight for Isil after becoming radicalised.

Four have since been killed in combat, one is still fighting and the other awaiting sentence after being convicted of terrorism offences relating to Syria.
Sgt Knowles said: ‘Hatred from one side often leads to hate from the other.
‘The project is about accepting and understanding differences.’
Marc Forster-Pert, 30, will help make the video.
He said: ‘It’s a fantastic project and one that looks as though it will benefit not only Portsmouth but hopefully the rest of the UK in preventing all types of extremism, not just Islamic.’
The film will explore the reasons why people develop extreme views and how those who held them moved away from them.
Joe Roberts, 26, said: ‘Whatever the reasons for young people turning to extremism, not enough is being done to help them.
‘This project will get people thinking about what they can do to help.’