Mayor launches £1.5m Gang Exit pro­gramme

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BORIS John­son has launched a city-wide pro­gramme to help young peo­ple to turn their backs on gangs.

Un­der the Lon­don Mayor’s £1.5mil­lion Gang Exit pro­gramme, any young Lon­doner iden­ti­fied as ei­ther a gang mem­ber or vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing ex­ploited or re­cruited by gangs could be re­ferred to a trained men­tor.

Young peo­ple can be re­ferred by teach­ers, po­lice of­fi­cers, care work­ers and bod­ies such as the prison and pro­ba­tion ser­vices.

Mr John­son, also MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, said: “I want ev­ery young Lon­doner to be able to feel safe on our city’s streets.”

Temi La­teef, a for­mer gang mem­ber in his 20s, turned his life around af­ter a spell in prison.

He said: “For many of the young peo­ple grow­ing up in Lon­don, gangs of­fer net­works and an op­por­tu­nity to earn money.

“It’s im­por­tant that any ser­vices work­ing with th­ese young peo­ple of­fer a pos­i­tive al­ter­na­tive – a sup­port­ive com­mu­nity and path­ways to le­git­i­mate em­ploy­ment.

“Now the Lon­don Gang Exit ser­vice will help young peo­ple all over our city build pos­i­tive fu­tures for them­selves.”

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