Q&A: My Barking - Market stallholder Adam Hussein

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 November 2018

Luke Acton

Barking Market stallholder Adam Hussein speaks about the need for tough action against knife crime, his inspiring dad and the borough’s business community

What’s your connection with the borough?

I’ve been working here for about nine years. This stall on Barking Market is our family business.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

It’s a multicultural borough. Our customers are mainly Africans and Europeans. The ethnic groups are a mixture so that’s what’s helping our business.We’ve also got the Swahili community, that’s where I’m from. Originally we came here, to this borough, because of the community.

The best thing about the community is togetherness, we’re all together. If any one of us has any issues, for example, if we have any debts, then the community is there for us.

What one thing would you change?

The borough needs to have more police patrols around the area. I know they do have community patrols, but we hardly see them, unless you make a phone call, then they’re here within the next five or 10 minutes.

There’s a lot of theft going on in this borough. The local shops or the businesses like ours, the market stalls, don’t get the majority of the support because if someone nicks something that’s under £60 the police will not charge them.

Use three words to describe the area.

Pricey, laid-back and helpful.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

My dad, Ali. He’s inspiring in the way he bought us up, he kept the family united. We’ve seen the worse side of where we are now and he always been there for us. As a father figure he could have left us at one point, but he didn’t.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

There should be zero tolerance for knife crime. I lost a very good friend of mine two years ago. Whether you’re 12 years old or whether you’re 20 years old, the law should be the same. If you’re caught with a knife, the punishment should be five years.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would focus is helping the local businesses, because that’s not the priority from the borough itself. So I would be going around, seeing how each individual local business is doing.

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