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OPINION: Education key to tackling violent crime

PUBLISHED: 08:20 20 September 2017

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The Police and Crime Committee here at City Hall will be carrying out an investigation into gun crime.

This comes at a time when there have been a spate of gun-related crimes in Newham, including the tragic death of 14-year old Corey Junior Davis earlier this month.

I echo Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan’s call of reassurance and ask that anyone who may have information that could help police track down the perpetrator(s) come forward to the police.

Knee-jerk solutions are no substitute for long term strategies, which need to emphasise the important role education plays in tackling violent crime. I recently met Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Victim Commissioner, Claire Waxman, to discuss her work advocating for victims across London.

On a positive note, Newham’s vibrant diversity and community cohesiveness never fails to inspire. The ‘Under The Stars’ event attracted thousands of visitors.

The Swaminarayan Hindu Temple celebrated their 30th anniversary in August and, along with local MP Stephen Timms, I attended their parade from West Ham Park to Green Street. Meanwhile, the Royal Docks hosted the first Bangladeshi Nowka Dour Boat Race, where I was honoured to do the trophy presentation. Newham Cricket Club of which I am proud to be President has now acquired through its own fundraising a scoreboard, an essential part of its development strategy. On August Bank Holiday Monday, we hosted a twenty-overs match between Newham Mayor’s XI and Essex Women. Congratulations to Essex Women who thrashed us - I went out first ball!

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