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A tired-looking subway in Bolton has been given a bright and colourful makeover by students from Little Lever School, as part of a national campaign to use creativity to help tackle crime.

Artwork designed by the year 10 pupils has transformed Rose Hill Subway and was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Bolton and Cllr Sherrington on Tuesday (January 12.)

The project developed out of a national campaign run by the University of Salford’s Youth Design Against Crime (YDAC) Solution Centre and was led by Bolton at Home, Bolton Council, and local artist Pete Marsh.

Young people across Bolton were asked to identify areas they felt were crime hotspots which, with creative and environmental improvements, could be made to look nicer and therefore more likely to stay crime free.

A competition was held and entrants presented their case in front of a panel consisting of Cllr Sherrington, a representation from Greater Manchester Police, and the late Gill Hughes, the council’s community safety manager.

Pupils from Little Lever School identified Rose Hill Subway and put forward a concept to make it look more friendly and colourful using artwork, which was selected by the panel as the winning idea.

The children then worked with Pete Marsh to create and install the mural which now covers the subway walls.

Prior to the artwork being mounted the area was prepared by offenders on the Community Payback programme, who cleaned debris and litter around the subway to make it welcoming.

Rodney Adams, Arts Officer for Bolton at Home Percent for Art service, said: “We’ve given the young people real ownership of the subway, a walking route that’s a key part of their area and every day commute to school.

“As well as being a fantastic regeneration project, it challenged them to be creative and address crime issues and their finished product exceeded all expectations. There’s so much value in encouraging young people to get involved with things that affect the town and the hope is that it will create a lasting sense of community pride, reducing crime along the way.”

The Mayor also unveiled a commemorative plaque dedicated to the late Gill Hughes, who was heavily involved in the project.

YDAC engages young people in design-led crime prevention, developed by the Design Against Crime Solution Centre and national young people’s charity, Catch 22.

Photography from the unveiling of the new artwork can be viewed on the Bolton at Home Facebook page.

Source- Bolton at Home

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