Knife crime

UK NEWS: ENVOY ROLE FROM DAMILOLA TAYLOR’S FATHER

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 []

UK NEWS: POP STAR LILLY ALLEN MEETS MAYOR BORIS JOHNSON TO DISCUSS KNIFE CRIME (WTF BORIS???)

Lilly and Boris do their bit for the camera’s……. Picture Source Lilly Allen met with London Mayor Boris Johnson to discuss the capital’s knife crime epidemic. The singer wrote an appeal for an end to the spate of incidents on her internet blog. The LDN star wrote: “Please can everyone stop stabbing each other in the UK? “We need to have a knife amnesty. We should put on a big concert to raise awareness.” “Boris, if you’re listening, call me man.” And sure enough, []

UK NEWS: KNIFE CRIME – ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN TO CURB TEEN VIOLENCE

Bloody images of horrific real-life knife wounds feature in a new Government advertising campaign launched today. One of the Home Office’s shocking “viral” internet adverts shows a man with a Swiss army knife and a screwdriver sticking out of his chest. Others show exposed intestines which have emerged from a knife wound, a leg which has become gangrenous after a knife attack and deep wounds to the bone. The real images from a medical photo library appear as slides being used to []

DISARMING BRITAIN SEASON: SHOULD THIS BILLBOARD BE REMOVED?

The Billboard below, promoting Channel 4’s Disarming Britain season, which takes a look at the current rise in violence on Britain’s streets, was brought to my attention today by photographer Lloyd Best. Best (a black man) say’s he walks past this Billboard on a daily basis and finds it offensive. He is currently in the process of getting the authorities to remove the billboard from the public’s view. I am interested to know what your thoughts are on this matter? Is the billboard offensive? should it be removed ASAP?

UK NEWS: SHAKILUS MURDER ACCUSED IN COURT

Murdered: Shakilus Townsend Four teenagers, including a girl of 15, have appeared in court accused of murdering 16-year-old Shakilus Townsend in south London. Shakilus, from Deptford, was beaten with a baseball bat and repeatedly stabbed in Thornton Heath on 3 July. Tyrell Ellis, 18, of Thornton Heath, two youths, aged 17 and 16, and the girl, were remanded in custody by Sutton Magistrates. One man, 22, has been bailed while a fifth youth was arrested on Thursday. The defendants will next appear []

UK NEWS: FIVE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF 16 YEAR OLD SHAKILUS TOWNSEND

Murdered: Shakilus Townsend Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Shakilus Townsend, police said today. Officers arrested one person around 9pm yesterday and the others this morning, Scotland Yard said. Shakilus, 16, was stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat in an attack in Thorton Heath, south London, on Thursday. He died from his injuries the following day. Two men aged 22 and 18, and two teenage boys aged 16 and 17, and a 16-year-old girl have been []

UK MUSIC: INVIZIBLE CIRCLE – ‘THESE STREETS’

Unlike the negative track, ‘You’ll Get Wrapped’ featuring Lethal B and Ghetto, which was subsequently thrown under my ugly file, ‘These Streets’ approaches the subject matter of gun crime and the escalating violence on Britain’s streets, in a constructive and sensible fashion.  The video/track is part of a new weapons awareness campaign, and the artists featured are part of the Leeds based Hip Hop collective, Invizible Circle. Anti-Gun campaigner Pat Regan who sadly is no longer with us, appears towards the end of this video. Rest In Peace Pat.