In April 2017, Southwark News reported that Southwark has the worst record in London for solving knife crime cases, and like the rest of the capital, has seen an increase in reported knife incidents.
Data published by the Met Police showed there were 577 knife-related cases for the March-to-February period in 2015-16, compared to 840 for 2016-17. Dealing with this issue is a priority for the Met, the Southwark Children and Adults Safeguarding Boards and many indivdiuals and groups working tirelessly in the community.
However, these statistics only tell one part of the story and we want to listen and understand the communities' concerns and issues about knife crime and knife carrying. More importantly though we want to try and come together as a community to find joint solutions and to support one another.
Please join us on 21st June at 2pm in Cambridge House for this event that seeks to bring together community groups, faith based organisations, activists and statutory organisations to listen and learn from one another.
We hope that this event (which will feed into the borough wide Knife Crime Strategy) should be about all of us joining forces to bring about change, as we all have experience and skills to bring. We recognise that our efforts should not just be with those young people carrying knives but also with the wider community and those people who have influence over what is happening in Southwark.
The Borough Commander, Simon Messinger, will be opening this engagement event.
More details to follow.