Posted by Greg Burns on May 22, 12 03:38 PM in News
A CAMPAIGN was underway this week to reassure concerned Westminster residents that the borough's rising gang problem is being tackled.
The Your Choice: Your Community Week, which ends on Friday, involves Westminster City Council trying to show how it is working to discourage gang violence.
Young people and parents have been able to speak to professionals such as the council's gangs and serious youth violence teams, along with staff from the Fresh Start employment and the Tell It Parents Action Group.
The week of activity is the first in a series of planned events to allay community concerns about growing levels of violence.
Nickie Aiken, council leader for children, young people and community care, said: "I share residents' concerns about escalating youth violence and gang involvement across Westminster, and the north-west of the borough has seen a particular rise in incidents over the past three years.
"My door is always open for residents to share their concerns and ideas around the issue of gangs, but I hope that this dedicated week will help us to be even more available and receptive to local people's views."
Westminster gangs and youth violence worker David Savizon said: "I'm also looking forward to hearing the feedback, which will be invaluable in shaping our gangs work in the future."