Methodist Church: April 2018
In response to the recent spate of murders in London affecting largely young people and inflicted through stabbings and gun crime, the chairs of the London districts gave the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by the recent spike in murders within the Greater London area. As we write this, the news is breaking that two men in East London have been murdered, one of whom is said to be only eighteen years old. This brings those murdered to over 50 in London this year. In this holy period of Easter our hearts go out to all the families affected and we offer support and prayers at this difficult time...
Now is the time for us to work together to enable our London community to curb this unnecessary rise in murders, which reflect a general increase in violent crime. We believe that the cutting of youth services and of police numbers across London Boroughs contributes to a breakdown of social cohesion and results in lack of places for young people to turn when they need support.
One death is one too many! To reach a total of over fifty leaves us weeping alongside those who have lost love ones. We must act together to preserve human life and dignity."
For the full statement, click here.
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