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Pensioners sign up to 'granifesto'

PUBLISHED: 12:14 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 11 August 2010

Pensioners in Barking and Dagenham were urged to sign up to a granifesto pledge to help young people understand the dangers of carrying knives. The initiative was part of a youth conference held last Saturday (June 7) at Castle Green, Dagenham to bring

Pensioners in Barking and Dagenham were urged to sign up to a 'granifesto' pledge to help young people understand the dangers of carrying knives.

The initiative was part of a youth conference held last Saturday (June 7) at Castle Green, Dagenham to bring together the young and old.

It included a range of activities such as electronic pads to vote on police and council initiatives to reduce crime, a big brother style diary room to make video messages and a Wii computer game tournament.

Winners received ipods and games such as Jenga, Scalextric and Connect-4.

The government will spend £3M to highlight the dangers of knife cultures, but some believe teenagers might find it easier to talk to senior citizens about their problems.

Cllr Val Rush, executive member of community safety, said: "I believe strongly that older people can do their bit in finding out from young people what's going on and what the council and police need to do to help.


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