knife crime


More thoughts on tackling gangs and knife crime in Croydon

Posted on June 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

What else can we do to try to prevent this deadly culture from getting worse?

Sadly, Croydon did not elect a Conservative-led council on 3rd May. Whether the Labour-led council takes up the idea of consulting a panel of experts to advise on tackling knife crime remains to be seen. Just in case they don’t, let’s develop the argument beyond my previous article, which was couched largely … Read More »



My hopes and fears for Croydon’s young mayor

Posted on June 20th, by Nicolina Andall in Politics & Society. No Comments

What can our young mayor hope to achieve for the community?

So there I was, sitting in my choir busily thumbing the pages of my songbook when, suddenly, a leaflet was thrust into my hands.

I turned to see my good friend, grinning in my face, saying “My William is standing for young mayor… tell everyone to vote for him”. Given that I was about thirty … Read More »



Standing up to knife crime in Croydon

Posted on May 21st, by Jamie Audsley in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The local community must come together to find long-term solutions to this tragic problem

It’s always disheartening to hear or read about incidents of knife crime in the news, but when these incidents involve your neighbours, it’s not only devastating but worrying too. On 8th August 2017 Jermaine Goupall was brutally murdered. Jermaine’s death was the result of a rivalry between Croydon gang CR0 and Thornton Heath … Read More »



April 2018 in brief

Posted on May 10th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of April 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

Labour held Croydon Council in the local elections

A low-key campaign overshadowed by national and London politics came to an end on 3rd May, with the result becoming clear overnight. Labour won 41 of Croydon’s 70 councillors, with the Conservatives taking the remaining 29. The UKIP vote collapsed across the borough, while Lib Dem and Green spokespeople both … Read More »



Strategies for combatting knife crime in Croydon

Posted on April 11th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 4 comments

What can be done to bring such a youth-focused issue under control?

Today’s youths are running wild. New technology has brought greatly increased access to a wide range of information, not all of it good. Their music can be aggressive. The older generation is worried that young people are meeting in places and in ways over which they have no control and of which they themselves have … Read More »



March 2018 in brief

Posted on April 4th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of March 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

Croydon groups teamed up to raise awareness of knife crime in three-week programme

Croydon Council’s youth engagement team teamed up with Croydon police, Victim Support, and others in a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime, the Croydon Citizen reported. Participating groups hosted a range of town-centre events throughout the programme, which started during half term. The … Read More »



Croydon groups team up to raise awareness of knife crime in three-week programme

Posted on March 9th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Town-centre events provide guidance and safety advice regarding knife crime

Croydon Council’s youth engagement team teamed up with Croydon police, Victim Support, and other groups in a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime.

Participating groups hosted a range of town-centre events throughout the programme, which started during half term. The events ranged from opportunities to gain advice and guidance on … Read More »



Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



Lives Not Knives provides young people guidance as knife crime surges

Posted on October 16th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

David Marino Jr reports on what the local activism group is doing as knife-related crime sees a spike

With official figures showing that knife-related violence is on the rise in London and England as a whole, one group is taking to Croydon’s schools and beyond with a bold message.

Lives Not Knives started as simple words on a T-shirt in 2007 created by then-14-year-old Eliza Rebeiro. … Read More »



Knife crime and police numbers

Posted on September 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

New figures paint a grim picture, but police aren’t the only group involved in a solution

The latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) aren’t good news. They show the largest annual rise in police recorded crime in a decade.

However, trends in reported crime don’t necessarily reflect changing levels of actual crime. Reported crime is influenced by changes in recording practices and … Read More »