I live close to West Ham Park in Stratford. It looks like any other park – green lawn, ponds and swings.
But for the Darbar family it’s also where their 17-year old son Rizwan was stabbed to death by another teenager for his mobile phone in October this year.
At the time of Rizwans’s death, Detective Chief Inspector Barry Norman of the Met Police lamented teenage killings and violence saying: “I don't think there's anything more important to Londoners than this, with the possible exception of terrorism, especially to parents.”
Police aren’t having it easy containing the situation as many youngsters carry blades for protection or as fashion accessories.
The area has lost of youngsters to many knife killings. Adam Regis (15), Paul Erhahon (14), Stephen Boachie (17), Mohammed Ahmed (17 and Biendi Litambola (17.
Clearly this is too much for any community. After Rizwan’s death, the aptly-titled Enough is Enough campaign was formed to raise awareness that carrying knifes doesn’t pay.
The campaign is backed by Newham Council and the Met Police. A positive development for the campaign is that West Ham football club have joined in and endorsed this much needed move in our area.
Similar campaigns like Stop Da Violence which is run by Teen Spirit in Forestgate, are doing a great job.
Here’s hoping the message will reach those who need it most.
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