Hackney’s top police chief has admitted his force can’t get to grips with the borough’s knife culture.
Maybe you aren’t speaking to the right people?
Speaking at a passionate public debate on how to make Hackney safer, Det Ch Supt Simon Laurence said his officers, and other authorities, had to find a way to stop the problem.
He was joined on the panel at City Academy, Homerton, on Tuesday by deputy mayor Cllr Sophie Linden, who is the council’s crime safety boss, Cllr Carole Williams and three Hackney success stories; founder of community organisation Salaam Peace Dr Sabir Bham, author and youth worker Emeka Egbuonu and barrister Tunde Okewale.
Mr Okewale explained the thinking of people who carry knives by recounting an incident from his time at Cardinal Pole school when a man ran in and stabbed someone in the corridor.
“There were lots of people who didn’t want to carry one but thought if they didn’t they would become a victim,” he said.
Really? And yet, this is the attitude so often mocked by the hoplophobes when those in the US demand concealed carry.
But because it’s Hackney, we are supposed to now sympathise?
Others said the authorities were reacting to the problem too late, and children needed to be taught from an early age about the dangers.
‘From an early age’? Well, isn’t that down to parents, rather than authorities?
Other audience members echoed Mrs Burns’ comments that a lack of resources was merely an obstacle to overcome.
One young man had set up Young Pro Mag, a magazine written by youngsters who don’t make it as professional footballers, to help keep them off the streets.
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