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London needs You Alive – don’t carry a knife.

Hounslow Council has welcomed the new anti-knife crime movement – ‘London needs You Alive – don’t carry a knife.’

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a new campaign this week to stop knife crime, which has the support of some of the capital’s most influential Londoners and anti-knife campaigners.

The campaign focuses on the value and potential of London’s teenagers and is a key part of the Mayor’s ground-breaking Knife Crime Strategy which got underway in June.

It is asking young people to post on social media to their family and friends telling them why London needs them alive and why they shouldn’t carry a knife.

To help spread the message, the Mayor approached young artists and campaigners to encourage young people to take part.

Hounslow Council and the Metropolitan Police work jointly to take action on all forms of crime, including knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “We fully support the Mayor of London’s anti-knife campaign and the messages it includes.

“It is so important that people, especially young people, are made aware of the consequences of knife crime and that they actually have a positive role to play, in telling those who do carry knives or are thinking of doing so, it is not right, it is not good and don’t do it.

“We continue to work closely with the local police and also all our communities in the borough as they all can help make Hounslow a safe and great place to live, work, go to school and to visit.”

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, Hounslow Police Borough Commander, said: “It saddens me that some young people feel the need to carry a knife.  Best case scenario – going to prison and ruining your future.  Worst case scenario – dying or seriously injured and no future. Choose a different scenario – don’t carry a knife, stay alive and enjoy life.”

For more on the campaign, visit www.london.gov.uk

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