How can each one of us make an impact on the problem of knife crime in this country? Do we wait for the problem to reach our doorstep before we get involved? I don’t think so. I think that everyone should embrace this as a personal problem and try to get involved.
As a London born male. I am extremely saddened to see the amount of young men and women who are being senselessly killed on OUR streets. This is a community problem and we are ALL affected. Rich and poor, educated and uneducated, black and white.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said the issue has become a "national emergency" after three teenagers were killed in Birmingham earlier this week.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the murders of young people "can't go on" and he will meet police chiefs in the coming days "to hear what more can be done".
"[It's] vital we unite to stop this senseless violence," he added.
A knife crime charity has said recent deaths in London are "just the tip of the iceberg", and added that "all sectors of society" have to take responsibility to stop the violence.
There have been been around 20 murders in London so far this year, with six of them happening in nine days.
The grandmother of a 17-year-old stabbed to death in Romford, east London, on Friday night has said "too many young people are having their lives cut short by needless violence".
Met Police Commander Dave Musker said: "Every death or injury is a tragedy and will have a lasting impact on those who knew and were close to the victims.
"The public play a key role in helping to both prevent and detect crime in London."
Three teenagers have died in stabbings in the space of two weeks in Birmingham, where 269 knife crimes have been recorded so far this year.
I was personally attacked and stabbed many years ago by a mentally ill tenant whilst at work. As a businessman, at the time I did not understand the issues surrounding this topic and as a result, I began to do research in this area and I realised just how difficult it was in particular for many ex-offenders to try and get back on their feet after being in prison. Whilst many young men want to change their life’s for the better, they simply don’t know how to do so.
I then began to change the way that I interacted with the local community in my area. I started offering free advice and as I have run a number of successful companies in the past, I would often take time out to mentor and advise a number of young males.
I also provided free workshop for young people to use my office after hours. Thus, I have used the opportunity to help some of them to turn their lives from crime and take a new direction.
More recently my now believe it’s our duty to devote my weekends to do a business podcast and offer free, mentoring seminars and business training to young males who feel that they have been let down by society.
At the moment I Fund all projects myself. However, I am hoping to reach as many young people as I can. My main concern is the fact that so many young men are being killed by knife crime in the UK and we are keen to work with youngsters and community groups to give them the assistance that they need.
Thus, all funds raised will be appreciated, and used specifically to organise Saturday events for young people in the London area. We already have a venue in SE1 where all courses can be held, and free tea, coffee and lunch will also be provided. We will also have a networking event for youngsters to met with local employers.