December 27, 2012 Thursday
People from around Edmonton have taken part in an anti-knife crime conference on the impact of gangs in the community.
MP David Burrowes, police officers, campaigners from group Mothers Against Violence and Pastor Pat Agdomar discussed issues surrounding gang violence at the Angel Community Centre in Raynham Road, Edmonton, on Saturday.
The aim of the conference was to discuss the impact of gangs and how to address the issue with members of the community, giving people the chance to ask questions about gang violence.
Pastor Pat, of the Young Soldiers group that organised the event, said: "It was really great and it was so good to see so many people getting involved with the forum.
"What we really wanted to do was to get people involved with the issue. It was important for people to have their voices heard and I think the people on the panel got a lot from it as well."
Nearly 200 people attended the event from around Edmonton, and after the conference youth choir Young Soldiers, led by Pastor Pat, performed a number of songs.
Pastor Pat added: "There are still a lot of issues in Edmonton contributing to gang violence but I really think conferences like this are a step in the right direction."
Following the success of the conference Pastor Pat said the Young Soldier will host more events to help tackle gang crime.