An urgent debate on strategies for effectively combating gun and knife crime

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From: Les Isaac OBE Sent: 06 April 2018 18:43 To: Les Isaac OBE Subject: Calling all Leaders: An urgent debate on strategies for effectively combating gun and knife crime Importance: High


Dear Leader,

You may have heard the tragic news of the killing of two young people over the Easter period and the serious injury of a third who has subsequently died.  At the point of writing, there have been more than 50 gun/knife related killings in our Capital this year.  The Office for National Statistics states that knife offences rose by 23% in the Capital: therefore, having a higher murder rate than New York.  This link will remind you (if you need reminding) of those who have fallen victim this year alone:

It is suggested that the continued killing of children (sometimes by other children) is an epidemic which shows no sign of ending anytime soon.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “These statistics show the terrible repercussions around the country of a Government that has been desperately weak on crime for the last eight years, as well as weak on the causes of crime.  The most violent crimes, including knife crime, are rising across England & Wales.  This is clearly a national problem that requires national solutions.”

Whilst politicians play politics, our children are dying and communities are crying out for help.  Together with you, we would like to send a loud and clear message to all the mothers and fathers who have been directly impacted by this epidemic and those who stay at home worrying for the safety of their children, “Help is on the way”.

We are calling for you to join us to obtain 100,000 signatures on a petition to urge the Government to debate the continued increase of gun and knife crimes and its effect on communities, and for all government agencies to make a collaborative effort in combating knife and gun crime on our streets.

In April 2018 Ascension Trust, with the help of our partners will be launching a campaign, inviting communities to sign the petition.  You can help by communicating to your church congregation and network the importance of playing a part in responding to this unacceptable level of death and its destructive effect on family and the community by supporting the petition which will be sent to you shortly.  The petition will then be submitted to central government for consideration and response.

We are also inviting you as someone who has responsibility for the wellbeing of others, to join us at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at St Marks Church (directly opposite Oval underground station) to discuss further action and issues to be included in the debate.  If you are able to be with us, please register your attendance on the following Eventbrite Page

“Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.  Galatians 6:9

In His service,

Revd Canon Les Isaac OBE


Les Isaac OBE CEO, Honorary Ecumenical Canon, Southwark Cathedral

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