Together, we can end the knife sentence

How do you feel about knife crime in Milton Keynes? Enter our competition and rap, sing, speak or write about it.

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The competition

As part of our Knife Sentence Campaign and to coincide with December’s Month of Action Against Violence in Milton Keynes, we are asking young people in Milton Keynes to get creative and enter our competition by telling us about how they feel about knife crime.

To enter all you need to do is rap, sing, speak or write about knife crime and express your feelings against violence.

Winners will have the opportunity to be heard on Spotify, win a MK Dons match day experience and a chance to record their own music at a session with Thames Valley music group Readipop. Runners up will receive a £50 Amazon voucher.

Readipop will judge the entries with winners and runners up chosen in three age categories:

  • 11 – 15 years old
  • 16 – 20 years old
  • 21- 25 years old

How to enter

Entering is easy, just download one of the three beat backing tracks below and record your own rap or spoken word. Once you’ve finished your track, email it back to us at along with your name and age. If you would prefer not to perform your track, you can also enter by sending us your written lyrics.

Closing date for entries is midnight, 7 January 2023

Competition rules and a link to the full Terms and Conditions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Download a beat

You can choose one of three beats to download and record over.

Beat 1
Beat 2
Beat 3

Example lyrics

To get inspiration for your own track, you can listen to an example track below from music group Readipop.

Send us your entry

To enter, email an audio or video recording of your track, or your written lyrics together with your name and age to:

Closing date for entries is 7 January 2023

Knife Sentence Rap, Sing, Speak or Write

Competition rules

  • You must be between 11 and 25 years old to enter.
  • Please provide your age and name in your email in order to be considered for a prize.
  • If you win the competition you consent for your name and entry to be promoted as part of the Knife Sentence campaign and Milton Keynes’s Month of Action Against Violence. This may include use on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or website, as well as at the MK Dons stadium.
  • Entries to the competition should support the message of anti-violence.
  • Entries which use offensive or aggressive language will not be considered.
  • The competition is being run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in association with Thames Valley Police and Readipop. Your entry and personal details may be shared with third party partner organisations (Thames Valley Police, Readipop, MK Dons and Agency UK) for the administration of the competition and the supply and activation of the prizes.
  • Parental permission to enter is required for any entrants below the age of 16. Permission will be verified with entrants during competition judging.

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