Javid’s £17m to di­vert kids from gangs

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

PROJECTS to stop young­sters turn­ing to crime or gangs are to get £17.7mil­lion over two years.

Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid aims to reach chil­dren early with the money and steer them into jobs or ed­u­ca­tion, and give sup­port to their fam­i­lies.

Mr Javid said: “Early in­ter­ven­tion is at the heart of our strat­egy.

“This money will fund projects di­vert­ing vul­ner­a­ble young­sters and those who have al­ready of­fended away from crime.”

The cash will go to 29 schemes, 10 in London, backed by Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sion­ers.

Min­is­ters are un­der pres­sure to tackle spi­ralling vi­o­lent crime, with fo­cus on the cap­i­tal af­ter a spate of fa­tal stab­bings.

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