Young people in Downing Street
Young people in Downing Street

Queen’s Park Labour Councillor Hamza Taouzzale was one of a group of young people who called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take urgent action to tackle the knife crime crisis and make it a “top priority”.

Delivering a letter to Downing Street on Thursday 8thAugust, which was signed by more than 100 young people, Hamza and his colleagues also presented a 12-point manifesto on what they think would make the streets safer.

In the letter, they said: “More and more of our generation are still dying. More needs to be done, as soon as possible. As Prime Minister we need you to make this problem your top priority.”

The group worked with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime, as well as youth charities Barnardo’s and Redthread, on a report entitled ‘There is No Protection on the Streets, None’, as part of their campaign.

The manifesto includes calls to tackle what the group believe are underlying causes of violent crime, such as lack of housing, youth services and jobs, as well as a bid for more community police officers to build relationships in neighbourhoods.

Official figures show knife crime in England and Wales hit a record high in 2018/19, up 8% on the previous year.

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