Young people take on Night Challenge


22 Mar 2019

Tomorrow night 150 young people from across the Humberside police area will be putting on walking boots and taking on a 13 mile trek in Humberside Police’s Night Challenge.

The participants, aged between 13 and 18, will competing as teams completing exercises along the way. The challenge will take place overnight and will see them trekking across Brantingham Dale in East Yorkshire.

This year’s event will be focusing on knife crime and child criminal exploitation and the associated risks that link to them.

Those taking part will learn how their actions online can put them in danger and how to spot the signs of friends that may be at risk of child sexual exploitation.

The teams will work together to complete eight challenges based at pit-stops along the route, through which they will learn about a fictional teenager who is involved in a knife incident. 

They will also meet representatives from a number of community safety agencies who will discuss the support that they can offer to young people.

Sergeant Nick Bunker said: “Night Challenge is back for another year and what an event it is set to be. Our community safety team have been working tirelessly, along with various other agencies and volunteers, to make sure that this year is just as successful as previous years.

“Night Challenge is a great opportunity for young people from communities across our force area to spend time with officers and other community safety partners in a challenging environment. It will help them to build confidence and self-esteem whilst also giving them valuable life skills and respect for themselves, others and their surroundings.” 

Departing from Hull Ionians Rugby Club, the route will take on the challenging terrain of Brantingham Dale and the surrounding areas.

Each team will have volunteer walking supervisors from Humberside Police and partner agencies to support them should any difficulties arise.

The initiative is run in conjunction with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Safer Roads Humber, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club, HM Prison Service, Defence School of Transport at Leconfield, Yorkshire 4X4 Response, Not in Our Community, Eskimo Soup, Corner House and Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue.

The event has been made possible due to principal sponsors, The Tribune Trust.

We’d also like to thank the following for their support: Brantingham Park, Tesco, Makro, Wilberforce Chambers in Hull, Houltons, ARCO, Wildbird Café and Local Farmers.