Angel calls on Karen in the fight against knives

Friday, 9th June 2017

Backing: Karen Buck with Angel Samuel at the event

KAREN Buck has stood behind a campaign to fight knife crime launched by parents in the borough.

Despite it being a busy final week of campaigning for the Westminster North candidate, Ms Buck found the time to stop by the launch event at the WECH Community Centre in Athens Gardens on Saturday, organised by a group of parents in the north of the borough in response to a surge in youth violence.

Ms Buck said she had found people were becoming increasingly worried about the numbers of police on the street, and she was keen to support the group’s goals to deal with rising youth crime as a community.

She told Diary: “There is real concern among parents locally about the recent rise in youth crime, which included the tragic murder of Mohanna Abdhou.

Alongside concerns about levels of policing and the need to invest in young people’s services, parents are very aware of the need to support each other, raise awareness and build strong communities around their children.

“This week I was pleased to be able to call into Angel Samuel’s event, and met parents from the ‘Tell It Like It Is’ campaign to give them my backing and talk through some of the issues.”

Event organiser Angel Samuel, who formed a new group alongside Ajok Athian, said Ms Buck understood their worries, “as a woman and a mother”, as well as their desire to work with schools to raise awareness of the issues around knife crime.

Ms Samuel added: “Karen Buck’s support and acknowledgment that there is an issue that needs urgent attention was highly appreciated and welcomed by the group.”

The organisers said that since the event last Saturday numerous people have pledged their support to work with the group to encourage schools to work in partnership with parents to tackle the problem of youth violence.

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