Summit calls on all of Islington to fight knife crime

Councillor Paul Convery, whose children attend the school, said he believes the school will be outst

Councillor Paul Convery, whose children attend the school, said he believes the school will be outstanding in two years time. - Credit: Archant

Everyone must do their bit to help prevent knife crime in the borough.

This was the message at the annual crime summit at Islington Assembly Rooms on Sunday last week, attended by all corners of the community – who were out in full force following the death of teenager Alan Cartwright last month.

Representatives from the police and Islington Council were joined by anti knife crime charities and young people who spoke about their experiences of growing up on the borough’s streets.

Town hall crime chief Cllr Paul Convery said that a plan of action was being drawn up to deal with the recent surge of youth violence.

“I was really pleased that there was a consensus and nobody was pointing fingers,” said Cllr Convery.

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“Everyone agreed that there are changes that are needed.

“The council can do more, the police can do more, schools can do more and there is more communities can do themselves.

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“Parents also need to make sure that they know exactly where their kids are going.”

Jenifa Out, of campaign group Islington Unites, said: “It’s not just the council and police that need to do something, the community can help as well.

“Cllr Convery had some good ideas, now we need to make sure they follow through with them.

“We need a big push, we can start with getting all Year 5 children in the area to visit the Ben Kinsella Trust exhibition.

Other attendees included Debbie and George Kinsella.

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