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Residents invited to a community event about knife crime

Community Against Knife CrimeTags Adults , Council , Family , Residents , Teenagers

A special event to raise awareness of the devastating effects of knife crime is set to take place in Barking Town Hall later this month.

Community Against Knife Crime (CAKC) is the idea of Beatrice Mushiya, whose son, 17-year-old Duran Kajiama, died following a fatal knife attack in Dagenham in November 2016.

The free event will discuss the impact and consequences of youngsters carrying knives and how the local community can work together to tackle the problem.

There will also be a minute’s silence to remember those who have lost their lives, as well as a number of speeches from local figures, including Stephen Addison from Box Up Crime and Beatrice.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: “The effects and impact of knife crime is huge, and it is important that people understand the true facts. That’s why we feel it is important to have this kind of honest and open discussion.

“Tackling the problem isn’t something we are able to do alone and that is why we need to work together, as one borough, one community.”

The three-hour event will feature a question and answer discussion panel involving people from the community.

Ms Mushiya said: “I want this event to raise awareness of knife crime and the dangers that young people are putting themselves in, so that parents and carers know what to look out for and understand the extent of the issue.”

Attendees will be asked to sign a pledge book, which will then be circulated around the borough’s schools, colleges, and youth and faith groups.

Cllr Mullane added: “If we can prevent just one young person becoming another victim of knife crime and losing their life, then it will have been worth it.

The free event takes place at Barking Town Hall on Wednesday 17 October from 5.30pm. To register for a ticket, please visit http://bit.ly/cakc-barking.

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