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Faye Barker's Saturday programme blog

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In recent years we have spent many hours reporting on and debating knife crime in London, and perhaps it's something that has been edged out of the news agenda recently by big events in the capital, like the Olympics. However it has struck me this afternoon that this is still a burning issue and continues to be a big problem on our streets.

Today police have named a boy who was stabbed to death on the Loughborough Estate in Brixton last Thursday evening. Junior Nkwelle was just 15. We've also had confirmation today that another young man, 21 year old Sean Chambers from Greenwich, died after being stabbed in the heart on the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth. These deaths aren't connected but it's a stark reminder of the prevalence of knife crime. It's an issue that hasn't gone away and we can't afford to ignore.

Concerns about crime have led to a group of campaigners in Wandsworth protesting today to keep an adventure playground in Battersea Park as it is. Currently the council employs staff to watch over children who play there but plans are in the pipeline to redevelop it so supervision is no longer needed. Concerned parents fear this could turn the area into a no-go area for their kids.

In football, two of London's biggest clubs have been in action against each other. John Terry was back captaining Chelsea this lunchtime in a derby against Arsenal, just two days after an FA disciplinary panel found he had shouted racial abuse at an opponent. The former England captain seemed to shrug that off though as the Blues notched up their fifth league win of the season with a 2-1 victory over their north London opponents.

We'll have the rest of the day's results - and news of course - from in and around London just after 5:45pm - hope to see you then.

Faye