I was shocked and horrified to hear the news a young boy was stabbed in Spey Street, Poplar last week. In one month this community has lost two decent people, who had their lives ahead of them, because of a knife. Both of them were keen boxing enthusiasts, Liam had just passed his driving test and Ajmol was due to collect his GCSE results this week.
When we hear about such tragedies our first reaction is to mourn the loss of life. Our next reaction is then to look at the cause behind these terrible murders, often with fear and anger. Knife crime has always been a problem but, no matter how much we hear that it’s getting better, when something like this happens on our doorstep it shakes the belief that our neighbourhoods are becoming safer.
We must, however, take solace in the community and police response to these tragedies.The Met’s reaction is certainly worthy of considerable praise.In relation to both killings officers have apprehended suspects within 24 hours and they’ve also been there to reassure people.The community, for its part, has shown that these crimes are a rare occurrence, committed by cowards who are the only people standing in the way of progress.
In the coming months and years we must continue the good work that’s already making our streets safer in the hope that one day stabbings like these will be a thing of the past.