Forest Gate residents to hold public meeting to devise anti-violence action plan after killing of Sami Sidhom

Sami Sidhom Picture: Met Police

Sami Sidhom Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

A public meeting has been organised by neighbours of Sami Sidhom and parents in Forest Gate to discuss the recent spate of violence which has blighted the community.

Tributes left outside Sami Sidhom's home in Forest Gate. Picture: Annu Mayor

Tributes left outside Sami Sidhom's home in Forest Gate. Picture: Annu Mayor - Credit: Annu Mayor

There will be opening addresses from invited guests including the newly elected mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz at the meeting on Monday night.

The meeting will then break up into a number of group discussions so residents can decide on steps that should be taken to protect young people in Forest Gate and the aim is to draw up an action plan to put to Newham Council.

Annu Mayor, one of the event’s organisers, said: “As a next door neighbour to Sami Sidhom I had to get involved in supporting the family and other young people in making some collective action, along with friends and neighbours.

“Together we have organised a meeting supported by local organisations who work with young people. We want people to share their experiences and concerns and decide what actions we can take.”


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The meeting will be held at Durning Hall in Earlham Grove. Doors open at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

Organisations Forest Gate Youth Zone, Aston Mansfield, Newham Youth Offending Team, Headstart, Ambition Aspire Achieve and Newham Youth Independent Advisory Group will have representatives attending.

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