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Editor's comment: Crime summit a step in right direction

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 November 2019

Police at the scene of the murder at Owen Waters House in Clayhall. Picture: Ken Mears

Police at the scene of the murder at Owen Waters House in Clayhall. Picture: Ken Mears

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It seems like every weekend we wake up to news of another stabbing in London, often in Havering or neighbouring boroughs.

We all wring our hands each time and say, "Something has to be done".

Well this week Havering hosted a summit to look at the problem of the rising tide of violent crime.

The summit, attended by more than 200 people from Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham as well as Havering, took place in Atik Nightclub, Romford and is the third tri-borough event of its kind, following ones in the other two boroughs earlier this year.

The event highlighted the causes of violent crime, the issues facing young people and the importance of partnership working across police, council, NHS, schools and voluntary organisations.

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Speakers included Havering's chief executive Andrew Blake-Herbert, director of children's services Robert South, police East Area Borough Commander Stephen Clayman, children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE and Peguy Kato, a Harold Hill mother whose teenage son was stabbed to death in Newham and who now runs the All Champions Charity to raise awareness of knife crime.

These summits provide a great opportunity to share expertise and knowledge with neighbouring authorities and organisations in the hope of working better together to end violent crime and protect young people.

I'm sure we won't see an immediate fall in the stabbings and domestic violence in the area but hopefully things will start moving in the right direction.

The weather's taken a turn and temperatures have dropped so please keep an eye on elderly relatives or neighbours, make sure they have the heating on and take care if pavements get icy.

It's also important that they and anyone with ongoing medical conditions - and those who spend a lot of time with them such as family or carers - have a flu jab.

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