Driving home message on life choices
IT S BEEN a violent week in and around Redbridge – reflected in our news coverage. The gang attack in Hainault was, according to residents, a foregone conclusion, as they feared a growing presence on the streets of groups of youngsters would lead to viole
IT'S BEEN a violent week in and around Redbridge - reflected in our news coverage.
The gang attack in Hainault was, according to residents, a foregone conclusion, as they feared a growing presence on the streets of groups of youngsters would lead to violence.
Many point fingers at the police and local authority, accusing them of not acting to quell disorder.
That is not my experience. The police and Redbridge Council are working hard to nip problems in the bud, with young crime prevention groups working hard with "problem" families.
I watched a performance of the anti-knife crime play at Redbridge Drama Centre on Monday and was impressed.
This is a well-thought out attempt to bring home the realities of carrying knives and the students who joined me in seeing the drama took it seriously.
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- 2 Car park murder: Witness describes moment John Avers was run over
- 3 Travel Bulletin: Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham
- 4 Car park murder: Victim's wife tells trial about the last text he sent her
- 5 ‘It is not tolerated’: CCTV images released after West Ham game disorder
- 6 Car park murder: 'Distressing' CCTV shows victim being run over four times
- 7 Man run over four times embroiled in row over £40,000, murder trial told
- 8 Revealed: Cause of Dagenham house fire
- 9 Barking and Dagenham set for 250 new electric vehicle charging points
- 10 Percentage of unvaccinated hospital staff revealed as mandatory jab deadline looms
One of the important messages sent out by the actors is how young people make choices which can change their lives forever.
Teenagers often spout the mantra - if I don't make mistakes how will I learn? But using a knife is one mistake which is likely to shape the rest of their lives.
It is for us, as adults and for those in authority, to continue to drive home messages, which it is to be hoped young people will heed.