Recently, I spoke at an anti-knife crime campaign in at Eastfield Community Centre. I was joined by the Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie and community activist Alison Cope.
Following the tragic death of her young son, Joshua Ribera who was sadly stabbed to death, Alison now dedicates her time to educating professionals and young people about the dangers of carrying a knife. I was completely moved by Alison’s story and strength and wholeheartedly thank her for sharing her experiences and knowledge with us on Friday.
There is no one simple solution to end the rise in knife crime but we must do more in many areas including: policy, education, parenting, properly resourced policing and other areas to try and tackle this. I will continue to campaign on this issue.
Thank you to for organising the event and to the many residents, Councillors and attendees who came along to the event.