Posted by Emma Heseltine on Jun 12, 12 10:02 AM in News
A campaign to keep young people safe has been kick started by a group of students in Ladbroke Grove.
Youngsters from St Charles Sixth Form College have gathered support from traders, religious groups and charities to set up a CitySafe zone in the area.
It means that some businesses will become 'safe havens' and that all corners of the community will work together to help tackle violent crime in Ladbroke Grove.
Students at the college have experienced first-hand the tragic consequences of knife crime, after 15 year-old pupil Kodjo Yenga was stabbed to death in Hammersmith in 2007.
Paul O'Shea, principal of St Charles said: "It has been inspiring to see how your young people have shown the way for local businesses, retail outlets and voluntary organisations to join forces to become actively involved in preventing violence and gang crime.
"This campaign is by young people and for young people. We all need to take stock and listen to what they are saying and learn how to make our streets safer."
The first CitySafe Zone in Kensington and Chelsea, Ladbroke Grove will have 18 havens for those in trouble to be able to step off the street and wait for help.
It was launched on Saturday (9) with a peace march and the signing of a 100 days of peace pledge, meaning those signed up will report all crime and offer shops and public spaces as places of sanctuary.