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David is a Prize guy.

David Thompson was unsure about going to University because he didn't think he was bright enough.

His fears proved unfounded, as he graduates today from the University of Teesside with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Criminology and will also receive the pounds 500 Cleveland Police Prize.

David, pictured, has stayed at the University to study for a Masters degree in Criminology, which he will complete in 2007. He aims to follow this with a PhD and eventually work as a University lecturer.

David, 21, is originally from Bridlington. He came to the University with A-levels in Geography, History and Business Studies.

He said: "I didn't want to go to University at first; I was worried about the money and didn't think I was clever enough. My parents Carole and Paul have supported me all the way through, they were the ones that pushed me to come here. I've done well for them."

David received the Prize for his final-year dissertation, which looked at the changing nature of policing in the 21st century.

Back in Bridlington, David plays football for his local pub team, The Friendly Forester, and also played for the University team in the North Varsity against York and Hull.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2006
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