I am deeply concerned by the rise in knife crime in our area. This is a problem that is tearing families and communities apart, I am determined to address and tackle this issue.
On 23rd March I chaired a roundtable on the rising knife crime issue in Brightside and Hillsborough, looking to get stakeholders involved to find solutions to this sad issue, brought to prominence recently by the death of Jarvin Blake. Local Councillors shared their views on the issue and Una Jennings from South Yorkshire Police provided details on statistics and actions that the police were taking.
We also heard from Munif Zia, Deputy Headteacher of Parkwood Academy who talked about the impact of education and Hanif Mohamed from In2change, a charity working with the community and ex-offenders in tackling knife crime. Also around the table was Paul Hunt from the Rock Christian centre who talked about his organisation’s Word4Weapons knife crime scheme.
I will be taking this forward to campaign both in and out of Parliament. It is crucial that we get more research into the causes and potential solutions to the knife crime epidemic and gain a better understanding of the impact that funding of organisations has on this. I will continue in my fight against knife crime in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, a crime which continues to destroy far too many lives.