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Youth crime summit in Islington to follow spate of stabbings

PUBLISHED: 15:56 02 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:21 03 March 2015

Floral tributes are left on Caledonian Road where teenage cyclist Alan Cartwright was stabbed to death on Friday. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

Floral tributes are left on Caledonian Road where teenage cyclist Alan Cartwright was stabbed to death on Friday. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

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A summit which will see young people talk about crime and the impact it has on their lives is set to take place following a worrying surge in youth violence.

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In the last month there have been at least five reported teenage stabbings in Islington with the latest leading to the death of 15-year-old Alan Cartwright on Friday.

The killing comes just two weeks before the annual Crime and Safety Summit where a panel including borough commander Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry Campbell and the town hall’s crime chief Cllr Paul Convery will address concerns.

Cllr Convery said: “Tackling youth crime is a top priority for police and the council. We all have a part to play, and the involvement of young people themselves is most important of all.

“We have to make sure that young people are a key voice within the borough and feel as though they have a stake in the future of Islington.”

Young people at the event, which will be held on March 14 at Islington Assembly Hall, will be given the chance to speak about the impact of crime and give a picture of what it is like growing up in the borough.

Also on the panel will be Dominic Fenton, chair of the Safer Neighbourhoods Board, which was set up last year.

There will be an update on the progress and priorities of the SNB and the opportunity to stand for election as part of the board as well as to ask panel members questions about how to tackle crime.

The summit takes place between 10am and 1pm and is free to attend with lunch provided. To find out more and secure a place at the event, register by emailing csputeam@islington.gov.uk or go to islington.gov.uk/crimesummit


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