Children as young as eight will be monitored for “signs of gang behaviour” following warnings that a generation of Londoners could be lost to street violence.
This “early intervention” forms part of an initiative in Brent — one of the boroughs that piloted the Met's Operation Trident in 1998 to tackle gun crime in the black community.
Alarming new figures have revealed that 11,000 children are living in severe poverty in Brent, and 7,000 in Harrow - which can include going without food, clothing or heating. TARA BRADY reports.
FOR the first time, Save the Children, has provided a local authority breakdown showing the number of children living in severe poverty.
After months of uncertainty, Stonebridge Boxing Club has been given a lifeline by their local Tesco store.
Tesco Extra Wembley (formerly known as Tesco Brent Park) have stepped in to donate all the equipment for a brand new Computer Room for the Club, including desktop PCs and monitors, a projector, software and even new chairs. The new facility will enable the Club to run the Amateur Boxing Association’s GCSE course, as well as providing valuable computer access for local residents and club members.
Club organiser Ali Aamir said
Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala has helped save Stonebridge Boxing Club (SBC) which was on the verge of closing down due to financial problems.
The club, which was facing an uncertain future, will stay open thanks to Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala who led the campaign along with SBC’s Aamir Ali and Sharon Bennet to keep the club open.
The Rotary Club and schoolchildren from Stonebridge Primary School planted purple crocus bulbs across Stonebridge to raise awareness of polio.
As well as adding a splash of colour to Brent the crocus bulbs also symbolise the purple dye used on a young person’s finger to indicate they have been immunised
Polio can be a fatal and crippling disease, and although rare in western countries it still affects many children in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.
THE FOUNDERS of a childrens’ playcentre that is facing closure have been named in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list. Douglas and Glynis Lee have been awarded an MBE for their services to the community which includes them taking care of hundreds of children in and around the Stonebridge area in the last 30 years. The pair established Brent Play Association which runs Stonebridge Adventure Playground in Shakespeare Crescent, Stonebridge.
A GROUP has been set up by Brent Council to investigate gangs in the borough.
The group, which has cross party support, will look at how and why young people get involved in gangs, what can be done about the issue and how to divert people away from joining one.
The investigation will also look at the Americanisation of Brent gangs where groups are linked with colours, the exploitation and violence towards women and the role of the media and internet.
A COMMUNITY boxing club under threat of closure could put dozens of young people back on the streets with nothing to do, writes Glenn McMahon.
Not-for-profit Stonebridge Boxing Club, in Winchelsea Road, Stonebridge, officially opened in January to provide an affordable place to train and box.
But the low fees and lack of sponsors have left management struggling to cover the running costs.
A Youth football team set-up by local parents to keep youngsters away from gun and knife crime has gone onto win the Hayes & District Cup.
St Raphael's FC, who Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala help secure funding for to buy new team kits and training gear won the trophy with a glorious 2-1 victory over local rivals Boston Manor.
Young volunteers were on hand at IKEA in Wembley to pump up shoppers’ car tyres as part of Operation Pump It Up. The nine 16 to 18 year olds are members of the volunteer group 'Impact – Making A Difference To Our Environment' and have been volunteering in their free time since the summer with environmental regeneration charity Groundwork London to raise awareness of climate change and the importance of sustainable living.
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 19:03
- CllrZaffar tweeted "Inflation up, unemployment up and the economy down. Its back to the bad old Tory days with a little help from their Lib Dems chums!" 7:03pm#
Sun, 01/16/2011 - 16:56
- CllrZaffar tweeted "Had a wicked time at the Stonebridge Olders Persons Forum New Year Party! delicious jerk chicken & rice and peas! and great Carribean music" 4:56pm#
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 17:10
- CllrZaffar tweeted "Clegg talks about Alarm Clock Britain, he's the one that needs to wake up & smell the Oldham coffee! Well done Debbie & Labour!" 5:10pm#
Sat, 07/11/2009 - 16:31
- CllrZaffar tweeted "Just finished campaigning in Wembley for the by-election. Support seems strong and look forward to a Labour victory!" 4:31pm#