UK NEWS: ENVOY ROLE FROM DAMILOLA TAYLOR’S FATHER

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Via BBC News

The father of Damilola Taylor – the schoolboy murdered in south London in 2000 – is to be Labour’s special envoy on youth violence and knife crime.

Richard Taylor has been campaigning against the carrying of knives since his son, 10, was killed as he returned home to Peckham after a day at school.

He will liaise with other families who lost relatives in similar circumstances and try to alter teenagers’ attitudes.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Mr Taylor had “worked tirelessly”.

This violence had “ruined so many young lives, families and neighbourhoods”, the prime minister added.

“Richard will be able to share the experiences of families who have directly been affected by youth violence and their thoughts on how young people’s behaviour can be changed.”

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Keep up the good work Richard.

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  1. I’ve been reading this article almost everyday since it was posted and it’s really sad. It’s a good thing that he is going to try and change teenagers attitudes. Personally i think parents should be his first target. I say this because i have a friend who was walking home and a mother who was standing outside with her children who were under ten years ordered her children to throw stones at this friend of mine. It was not the idea of the children but the hatred this woman had i think for immigrants, she was passing on to her children. And all the police did was to take a statement. And sometimes some parents are too busy to give their children attention, and it just goes down hill without their knowledge. When you add the bullying culture in schools, it just gets worse. All these knife crimes are getting out of hand and it seems that the criminals have no remorse whatsoever, which i find terrifying. They can easily justify what they have done and the gov’t seems to hand out light punishments, which is shocking. I wish him the best of luck, though. Hope he gets all the support he needs.

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