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Box Up Crime: Barking boxing academy celebrates year of success

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:15 24 December 2014

Awards being handed out at the Box Up Crime awards at the Ripple Road Centre, Barking (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Awards being handed out at the Box Up Crime awards at the Ripple Road Centre, Barking (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

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Hundreds of people turned out at Barking’s Ripple Road Centre to see a group of inspiring youngsters given awards.

Stephen Addison, who runs Box Up Crime (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)Stephen Addison, who runs Box Up Crime (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

The Box Up Crime gongs were dished out by Olympic boxing judge Mik Basi to children in Stephen Addison’s boxing academy of the same name.

“It was brilliant,” said Stephen after Thursday’s bash. “This is what we’ve been building up to all year.

“It celebrates all the work the kids who come to us every single week have done. The kids have been very focused in school and college and we want to reward them.”

Box Up Crime, which runs in Barking, was set up by Stephen after turning away from crime. He wanted to help others avoid the mistakes he’d made.

The audience for the Box Up Crime awards at the Ripple Road Centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)The audience for the Box Up Crime awards at the Ripple Road Centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

On Friday the team took to Barclays in Vicarage Field, Barking, to sell hats – and the bank matched the £200 they raised.

That amount included £100 raised by 11-year-old Rianna Ferreira.

Call Stephen on 07904 771 133 for more information about the academy.

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