Sunday Mirror

Chil­dren still dy­ing 20 years later, says Damilola’s fa­ther

- BY DAN WAR­BUR­TON Society · Richard Taylor · London · Peckham · Peckham · South London

DAMILOLA Tay­lor’s dad has blasted politi­cians for fail­ing to work to­gether to turn the tide on vi­o­lent youth crime.

Richard Tay­lor, 64, whose 10-year-old son was stabbed to death 20 years ago this month, said suc­ces­sive e gov­ern­govern ments wasted time “squab­bling”. bling”.

He said: “No prime min­is­ter ter or mayor has come close to find­ing nd­ing so­lu­tions in the past 20 years. ars. “Politi­cians need to stop

lor squab­bling over vi­o­lence af­fect­ing young peo­ple. They need to work to­gether to erad­i­cate the poverty and in­equal­ity that un­der­pins all so­cial ills.

“We need to in­vest in young peo­ple be­fore they fall through the net and not wait un­til they are al­ready ne­glected and on a path that leads to car­ry­ing knives knives.”

Dam Damilola was killed with a bro­ken bot­tle by two brothers aged 12 and an 13, near his home in

Peck­ham, South London.

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Richard Tay­lor

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