Two double shootings in the space of a few hours in early May. Three people stabbed over the bank holiday weekend and the Met revealing they had been called “to more than 9,000 knife crime incidents in London in the year ending April 2016”. A Sunday Mirror investigation revealed that a child is arrested every two hours in the UK for carrying a knife.
Violent crime has infiltrated our community, causing serious damage. These unnecessary crimes are destroying and ripping away the lives of individuals, whether it is literally taking their lives with a weapon or having their lives taken away by going to prison, not to mention what it does to the lives of the families involved.
It is a dire issue that continues to get worse, not better, and we don’t seem to have a way of stopping it. The severity of the situation shows that what the police and government has been trying to do is not working, so it is up to us a community to try and rectify the problem before it spirals completely out of control.
Hopefully, we can come up with some solutions at this month’s forum as we discuss violent crime, and work together to put them into action. We’ll be joined by representatives from One Minute in May and JAGS Foundation to help drive the discussions forward, so come ready with your questions, points to raise and your own stories.
So if you’re 16-25, don’t miss the Young People Insight forum on Tuesday 21st June. We’ll be meeting from 6.30-8.30pm in Project B (1 Bell Hill, Croydon CR0 1FB). This is an opportunity for you to speak your mind and meet new people.
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