Today the Mayor went back to Bounces Road Community Hall in Edmonton where he did the big launch event of his campaign with David Cameron back in April. I was there last time, today I have been nursing a cold. The choice of venue in April highlighted the fact that four of the eleven kids murdered in London in the first three months of the year came from Edmonton. Boris was back to launch his Time for Action initiative to tackle youth crime.
Since April 16 more teenagers have been murdered in London. This is certainly the worst tally for many years.
The graphic above is taken from the Time for Action document which is well worth a read. The style of writing is refreshingly direct and jargon free and the ideas contained in it are clear and attractive. Clearly the Mayor, along with Kit Malthouse, is doing some serious long-term thinking.
Don’t think that this is someone else’s problem. The last teenager killed in London was Acton man Craig Marshall who was only buried last Thursday and only today the trial of five men accused of killing the fourth London teen murder victim, Fuad Buraleh, was started at the Old Bailey. Fuad was murdered in Dean Gardens, West Ealing on 28th January.