Hannah Chowdhry speaking at Redbridge Peace pole.
We urge adults and teenagers in the UK to sign our petition calling for stronger knife-crime reforms (click here)
Over 30 teenagers we polled on their concerns about knife crime and information form that was shared in a letter to the Government by teen community champion Hannah Chowdhry. All of those polled have suggested that teenagers are ignored when it comes to matters about knife-crime pertaining to them.
To provide an opportunity for teenagers to have their say, the British Pakistani Christian Association, is teaming up with Ilford High Road Baptist Church and the East ilford Betterment Partnership to hold a knife crime meeting on Saturday 30th March. Adults are welcome too!
Hannah Chowdhry, said:
“My name is Hannah Chowdhry, I am 15 years old and I am a young Essex Youth Councillor who is volunteering for the British Pakistani Christian
“In the wake of a further two teenagers killed on Friday and Saturday (click here), I am pleading to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, and Essex Council Leader, David Finch, to take swift and bold action against knife crime.
“As a passionate, anti-knife crime advocate, I am extremely concerned about the rising level of violent crime we are seeing on the streets of London and Essex.
“I attend school in the London Borough of Redbridge and in my first year our whole school was mortified when we heard of the murder of Charlie Kutyauripo at the tender age of 15. It is unimaginably shocking to me to think that Charlie was the same age as me and had his whole life ahead of him (click here).
“I vividly remember the day that I heard of this tragic news. It was at our school assembly when I was just 11 years old. His horrifying unnatural death induced significant fear within the impressionable minds of pupils and we wondered whether we too could fall victim to such atrocities. We had, after all, just moved to ‘big school.’
“…..In my desire to seek answers, I polled over 30 teenagers in my constituency and in Redbridge and they unanimously suggested that government funding for additional police would help ameliorate violent crime.
“Young teenagers all feel more visible policing, especially through boots on the ground, would restore confidence and curtail the bravado of those carrying knives.
“From my research most innocent teenagers would have no qualms with stop and search operations by police authorities. Thus, in response to the adults who have raised concerns that such stop, search and seizure operations would constitute an invasion of privacy, I and many of my peers assure you that we would most certainly rather be safe and hampered for a few moments than dead.
“Concerns have been raised about the presence of local services and activities available to teenagers and my father harps on about a bygone age when most young people would have attended youth clubs, often held by churches but such facilities are now few and far between.
“Providing positive outlets for teenagers to interact may curtail violence as there may be a casual nexus between knife crime and boredom, loneliness and social fragmentation.”
Wilson Chowdhry, said:”Knife and Gun crime is reaching epic proportions and it is essential that we continue to work as a community in eradiacting this devastating social malaise.
“With that in mind I urge concerned residents of the borough and those who work here to join us to discuss a way forward and who we can be part of that necessary holistic change.”
One of the guest speakers at our event is Youth Offender Specialist, David Anglin, who wrote a comment for us:
Wilson Chowdhry speaking at Redbridge Peace pole during Redbridge Faith Forum walk.