Mayor Boris Johnson
A £700,000 funding package has been announced by the mayor of London to help tackle knife and gun crime among young people.
The money will fund projects which hope to steer youngsters away from violent crime, said Boris Johnson.
The announcement follows a spate of high-profile deaths of young people in London. So far this year, 21 teenagers have been killed violently in London.
The mayor said he hoped the money would raise aspirations among youths.
The new funding will be put into two programmes – Calling The Shots, run by The Boyhood To Manhood Foundation, and Watch Over Me, run by the Kids Taskforce.
Speaking at the Brixton Road Youth Centre in south London, Mr Johnson said: “Everyone knows what the root causes of youth crime are and everyone knows what the solution is.
“It’s a question of how we get from here to there. It’s about giving young people boundaries and discipline.”
Boris also hung out with the kids at the Brixton Road Youth Centre and played ping pong with them while the press flashed away…..
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