Extra funding to tackle gangs

The Home Office has announced an extra £500,000 of funding to help tackle gang and youth violence. It will also expand its frontline services to cover three more priority areas.

Facts on knife crime in the UK

  • Almost half of all knife crime in the UK takes place in London, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands
  • 60% of knife crime attacks in London are carried out in a gang context
  • In 2010-11, one in seven of all emergency hospital admissions for assault among 13-24 year olds involved a knife or sharp object
  • The Government has identified 32 priority areas where gang and youth violence is most prevalent

(Sources: Metropolitan Police, Home Office)

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Community groups to receive extra funding for work with gangs

Fifty organisations working to help young people avoid getting involved with gangs are to receive up to £10,000, the Home Office has announced.

Under the Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund, almost 190 voluntary and community groups have received funding for their work.

The 50 organisations that have won extra funding will be announced in the new year.

Priority areas to include home of Boxing Day stab victim

Seydou Diarrassouba Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The number of priority areas for stemming youth violence will be extended to include the home borough of an 18-year-old who was stabbed to death this time last year.

Seydou Diarrassouba, of Mitcham in south-west London, died after being stabbed twice during last year's Boxing Day sales in a branch of Foot Locker on Oxford Street.

Under new plans announced by the Home Office, frontline teams will cover Hammersmith and Fulham, Leeds and Merton in addition to the 29 other priority areas.

Home Office to spend more on tackling youth violence

The Home Office has announced an extra £500,000 of funding to help tackle gang and youth violence.

The Home Office has committed more funding for tackling youth violence Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

The funding is in addition to £18 million already committed until 2013 and will help finance enforcement as well as positive community action.

It is targeted at young people who are considered at risk of becoming violent offenders and those already involved in gang and knife crime, to encourage them onto a different path.