Darryl Laycock in the media

Most recently;

Justice On Trial – BBC

January 2020 sees Darryl feature in the new  BBC1, five part  documentary series, Justice on trial which examines the criminal justice system in the UK.

Darryl Laycock on set of Justice On Trial – BBC

“This is a hard hitting series, which addresses the biggest crime and punishment issues of the times – knife crime, drugs, prisons, youth justice, victims sentencing and the courts” Chris Daw QC, Justice On Trial Presenter.

Justice On Trial Darryl Laycock

Birthday Girl – Leeds Film Festival. 

Darryl Laycock & Coronation Streets Rebecca Callard on the Birthday Girl set.

In 2019 Darryl collaborated  with Afternoon Pictures as technical adviser in the production of Birthday Girl , The film was shown and  shortlisted for awards at the  Leeds Film Festival in November 2019.

“Set in Manchester’s notorious Moss Side, Birthday Girl tells the story of B (Rebecca Callard), a single mother trying to find love while under the watchful eye of her son, local drug dealer, Shannon (David Judge)”

credits afternoon productions birthday girl darryl laycock technical adviser

As brand ambassador of the Twinzz brand, Darryl also introduced Arf and Jez (Twinzz Brand owners) to Michael Lindley (Birthday Girl writer) after which, The Twinzz kindly supplied the wardrobe department with some clothing to be used in the production.

Muhammad Mokaev  – World Title.

Darryl was fortune enough to present 2 x World Bantam Weight champion and P4P world champion, Muhammad Mokaev with the world championship belt at Bowlers exhibition centre in October 2019,

NDA Positive Role Model Award Winner, ITV.

Levi Roots, Smack The Pony Star Sally Phillips, Darryl Laycock

In September 2019 Darryl was extremely proud to win the  National Diversity Positive Role Model Award for Race,Religion and Faith. The event was presented by Levi Roots and Broadcast on ITV.

Amani Simpson NDA Award Winner, Entrepreneur.

Amani Simpson

In September 2019 Darryl met fellow NDA award winner, positive role model, young entrepreneur,  and knife crime survivor- Amani Simpson, Darryl looks forward to working with Amani, hopefully in 2020.

Gun No6 BAFTA Award.

GunNo6 BBC2

Darryl appeared and told his own life story in the critically acclaimed, BAFTA Award winning Gun No 6 . GunNo6 was shortlisted for further awards including, The George Orwell Award for  “Exposing Britain’s Social Evils”  and  The  Grierson Trust Award.

Darryl Laycock Bafta Award

“But guns don’t kill people. People kill people …men convicted of shootings, armed robberies, gun possession and other crimes, for which they served long sentences before building themselves better lives – and asked them why. Honest, awful answers came thick and fast from former gang members who talked about the guns they had owned temporarily as loyal friends, sanctuaries (you are, for a short while, untouchable), glamorous accessories and repositories of unfathomable power.” (Lucy Mangan – The Guardian )

Darryl Laycock BAFTA Award Grierson Trust Award Twinnz GunNo6 BBC

Ant Middleton – Who Dares Wins.


In September 2019 The Who Dares Wins star, Ant Middleton  pledged his support  towards Darryls continued efforts in the  fight against Knife crime. Darryl looks forward to future collaborations with Ant in 2020 (diaries permitting).

The Manchester Evening News, 

Manchester Evening News. Darryl Laycock. Youth Mentor

In June 2019 Darryls Journey was featured in The Manchester Evening News ” he has helped more than 140,000 young people since going straight. Now, for the first time, he’s spoken of what it was really like to be mixed up in the inner city gang war that led to the city being branded ‘Gunchester’.”( Manchester Evening News)

Darryl has made great strides in his life and has proved a great inspiration for those whose lives he has touched. One of the first things troubled youngsters will ask when faced with a mentor is “Who are you, and what do you know about my life on the street”? Within five minutes of Darryl telling his life experiences on the mean streets of 1990’s Manchester, his legitimacy as a person who is qualified to comment on ‘Road Life’ is usually never questioned again.

Make no mistake, Darryl Laycock is the Real Deal and there is no-one better placed to understand our young people and more importantly, to offer a genuine, achievable Road Map to assist a young person in turning their life around. Darryl recognises he can only do so much, and he is aware that the rest has to come from the young people involved. This is where Darryl’s Road Map comes into its own, his success rate at reaching out to people and helping to turn them into into good citizens who contribute to our society, is simply astonishing.

Darryl has made numerous appearances on television always for Headline stories/issues. Darryl is highly sought after. He is a specialist on Gang & Violent Crime. He has acted as a consultant for Ross Kemp, He has worked with BBC 10 o’clock News on projects that have been nominated for National Awards. He has advised scriptwriters from a highly acclaimed drama on BBC.  See below for list of some of his media work.

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1 – Liverpool Knife Crime Documentary for BBC News

2 – With my good friend Louis Cuddy being interviewed by Jane Couch MBE 2012.

3 – Interview with Marcia Shakespeare on Crimewatch regarding Gun Crime 2016.

4 – Bin The Blade/Knife amnesty Staffordshire 2016.

5 – Bin the Blade/Knife amnesty Manchester 2015.

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