Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Redbridge Against Knife Crime inaugural meeting

Gang violence is increasing in Redbridge numerous incidents of knife related crime have significantly reduced local perception of safety.

We have organised a free community meeting to discuss a way forward.  In attendance will be:

Superintendent John Sweeney (London Murder Squad - responsible for murder investigation for Kashif Mahmood)
Parvin Mahmood – Mother of Kashif  -  a high profile Redbrudge victim of knife crime
Anne Oakes-Odger – Knife
Simon James – Redbridge ASBO Officer

Address:           57 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1XG
Date:                Thursday 19th May 2011
Time:               19:00 – 2100
The fact that Redbridge now has recognised gangs operating within the borough is a disappointing local demise. One gang in particular called the Afghan Gang are robbing young people around Ilford Library. People feel increasingly less confident when they walk in our streets that once seemed so safe. 

Two young girls were recently robbed at knife point in Seven Kings park by six other girls and were forced to do press ups in an activity meant to cause embarrassment. 

On Friday 15th April from 11pm young people attending a party on Breamore road, Seven Kings, left the event on a stabbing spree. The ensuing violence led five people being stabbed on Green Lane, Lynford Gardens, Nutfield Gardens, and Sunnyside Road - two of the victims had punctured lungs. The whole situation has created much community fear and a similar incident on the High Road illustrates that knife crime is a growing social malaise, that needs significant attention. 

As a community we need to be more vigilant regarding knife crime and it is essential that we start to work with our local Police teams to provide them with the ability to effectively challenge criminals and reduce crime.  We hope to give you some tools to challenge for better local safety at our forthcoming meeting.  However, we need you to come out and support our venture.

Kind regards

Wilson Chowdhry
East Ilford Business Partnership

For more details email or call 0208514 0861

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