Let’s all tackle knife crime

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AT 14, Jaden Moodie should have been in sec­ondary school think­ing about his GCSES, jok­ing with friends and prac­tis­ing the lat­est Youtube dance craze.

In­stead he’s ly­ing in a mor­tu­ary, an­other vic­tim of Lon­don vi­o­lence.

His mur­der wasn’t the first in 2019 and it won’t be the last.

The school­boy, pic­tured, was rammed off his moped and stabbed in the back seven times.

Ev­ery time a tragedy like this hap­pens, the same ques­tions are asked. Why is this hap­pen­ing, who is blame and how can we stop it?

Is it the schools? It emerged on Fri­day he had been ex­cluded just weeks be­fore he was mur­dered – not for any­thing he’d done on school grounds but al­legedly for ac­tiv­i­ties on so­cial me­dia. He was sent to a Pupil Re­fer­ral Unit, some­times dubbed a crim­i­nal train­ing ground, but it’s un­known whether he at­tended.

Is it the gov­ern­ment and politi­cians? We know that aus­ter­ity mea­sures im­ple­mented by the Tories have hit dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties the most. Gov­ern­ment cuts have meant fewer po­lice on the streets, less money for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and vir­tu­ally no money to in­vest in things for lo­cal kids to do.

Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan doesn’t seem to have the an­swers. But there are no sim­ple an­swers to this com­plex is­sue. It feels like no one in au­thor­ity hor­ity cares enough to want to fix this prob­lem. oblem. There clearly aren’t many votes to be won stop­ping young black boys dy­ing on the street.

The Gov­ern­ment found £1bil­lion 1bil­lion for the DUP to prop them m up in Par­lia­ment but don’t seem will­ing or able to find the cash to try and d tackle what is be­com­ing a na­tional l cri­sis.

In Glas­gow the knife crime epi­demic was con­fronted in 2005 when the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment rn­ment backed a po­lice ini­tia­tive to treat it as a pub­lic health is­sue. It worked.

The num­ber of peo­ple ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal tal for knife wounds fell by 65 per cent by 2016-17. -17.

I know so many coura­geous peo­ple eo­ple who are qui­etly set­ting et­ting up or­gan­i­sa­tions ns in their spare time to tackle this prob­lem. As com­mu­ni­ties we also need eed to do more to sup­port each ch other. Never has the old say­ing ng “it takes a vil­lage to raise a child” been more rel­e­vant.

Let’s talk to each other r more, get t o know our ur neigh­bours and their chil­dren, en, maybe of­fer to babysit for ra a par­ent who has to work at night ht and leave their kids at home, me, vol­un­teer in your lo­cal schools. ls.

Let ev­ery child know that hat some­one cares.

SHE said she “hadn’t felt this ner­vous in a long time” but Fiona Bruce needn’t have wor­ried as she took over from David Dim­bleby as the pre­sen­ter of Ques­tion Time.

She was con­fi­dent and calm and made it clear she wasn’t go­ing to take any non­sense. I par­tic­u­larly like the way she didn’t let politi­cians on the panel

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