Stabbed East Ham MP Stephen Timms shoots hoops in anti-knife campaign
An MP stabbed during an advice surgery last year will be playing basketball against police as part of a campaign to tackle knife crime.
Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, will join fellow politicians, police officers, community representatives and youngsters in a basketball tournament tomorrow.
The event marks the third anniversary of the “Carry A Basketball, Not a Blade” campaign, and will see the former Government Minister play in a showcase game against Metropolitan Police.
Mr Timms was stabbed twice in the stomach by a 21-year-old woman at a constituency surgery at the Beckton Globe on May 14 last year.
The former Treasury minister underwent surgery and has since made a full recovery.
The woman, Roshonara Choudhry, of Central Park Road, East Ham, admitted attempted murder and was jailed for life.
Friday’s event will be held at Rokeby School and will include a minute’s silence for those who have lost their lives to knife crime and workshops aimed at combatting knife crime, gang activity and anti-social behaviour.
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Guests include Home Office minister James Brokenshire, London Assembly member John Biggs and Newham Borough Commander Simon Letchford, who will present a cheque from the Met Police Authority for �8,000 to help keep the campaign running.
Sir Richard Branson’s son Sam will also donate �11,000 he raised on Channel 4’s Famous and Fearless programme.
The event has been organised by the Newham All Star Sports Academy which reaches out to 1,800 youngsters at 66 schools every week. Details at web site http://www.nassa2012.org.uk