Knife crime offences in Havering have sky-rocketed by 85 per cent in the past three years, new figures have revealed. Statistics obtained by the borough’s assembly member Keith Prince show the number of offences have leapt from 188 in 2016/17 to 348 in 2018/19, over the same period two years later.

Mr Prince said: “These horrifying statistics go to show that Sadiq Khan’s crime epidemic isn’t just confined to inner London; it’s also having a devastating impact on outer London boroughs like Havering too.  Instances of people injured by knives have also increased by 40pc, while the number of robberies that are linked to knife crimes have quadrupled from three to 14 over the same period.

There were 43,516 knife crime offences in the 12 months ending March 2019 across the UK.  This is an 80% increase from the low-point in the year ending March 2014, when there were 23,945 offences, and is the highest number since comparable data was compiled.  These statistics do not include those from Greater Manchester Police because of data recording issues. Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42749089

Its on the back of this rise in violent crimes not just locally but across pan London.   Long term our plan is to develop an annual festival where all grass roots organisations come together.   By building a large network of organisations that can effectively provide local solutions to the problem and have a real impact on communities.

This annual festival will be a day to encourage youth organisations to network, make new friends with hopefully a view to building collaborations.  Along with networking a great way for young people, parents and careers to discover the great opportunities.

Sports and music unite everyone, and this family fun day will work to bring people from all ages and backgrounds together in harmony.  By educating and empowering we hope this day will inspire individuals to leave gang culture and formalise more positive lives by dropping knives.

Our football tournament is now affiliated with the ESSEX FA and we will invite over 80 teams of youth football from across Essex and London, working to formalise new friendships regardless of where they live and break down post code barriers.

Boxing, MMA, Army, Police Cadets will be taking part and they will be working to encourage young people to enroll for long term as its proven that sports can help develop young people and build self esteem. To make our event all-inclusive we have specially adapted workshops to learn DJ’ing, also an area for therapy arts and crafts.

Havering MIND charity will attend to ensure we are addressing the importance of mental health issues and will offer vital support for those seeking guidance, we will also invite many other groups that offer support and will have an area set aside for quite personal chats.

Code1 will host a “chillout” zone for parents to sit and chat and find resources from experiences professionals in lots of different areas, these will all be announced in the new year.

We are inviting charities that work with young people that have learning and physical disabilities to take an active part.  Too often they are left out and excluded from events and we want to be the change and for us to always include all YOUTH regardless of disabilities.

Our project will be engaging with local businesses in the area with a view to employment and training opportunities for young people and their parents and families.

The entertainment on the day will involve young talent from across London and neighboring areas to showcasing their music and dance, to facilitate this we will need funding for hiring a stage, sound system and secure area to view the performances.  Our main stage will also act as an accredited training program for young people to learn all aspects of stage management, this is driven through a well known charity THE CRIB.

Music will be performed from emerging young artists which will be driven  THE CRIB and from Urban Arts.  We will of course have some special well known artists, but keeping those secret till closer on the day as we want to make this festival a place for our young aspiring artists to shine.

There will be keynote speakers endorsing the day such as the local MPs, Council Leaders and the local Mayor’s who are supporting this event.

This is not just a one day festival but a long term project where we will be working alongside and supporting youth groups, our aim is to raise funds through the festival to support youth projects through the summer months.

Our hope is that many will arrive as strangers but will all leave as friends and formalise partnerships for long term growth in our communities.

We are in discussions with well known brands to be an active part of the project all working to help our communities and of course our youth.

We will be working to keep everyone updated and advertising will be through our social networks and partners.