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Sheffield mosque and mums group join forces to tackle knife crime

The Makki Mosque and Mums United will be running an eight-week programme of education and activities looking at the issue of gang culture. Credit: ITV Calendar

A mosque in Sheffield is joining forces with a group of concerned mothers to help deal with knife crime.

The Makki Mosque and Mums United will be running an eight-week programme of education and activities looking at the issue of gang culture and its consequences.

You've got children as young as 10 and 11 picking up a knife, carrying drugs, engaging in violent behaviour. It's just a different level of violence altogether, and it's children that are being exploited.

– Sahira Irshad, Co-founder, Mums United

Mosque leaders say they are helping to fill some of the gaps left by funding cuts to services for young people, which they believe have left a generation vulnerable to gangs and knife crime.

It's worrying but that's why we need to do something about it. It would be foolish to ignore it and blank it out. We need to raise awareness.

We feel it will have an impact locally. These youngsters have great potential, they could be professionals in the future, but if we aren't giving them a route then they could be lead astray quite easily.

– Usman Mohamed, Secretary, Makki Mosque

It is thought to be the first time a mosque in Yorkshire has joined a campaign to tackle the problem. The scheme will run for eight weeks but those here hope it will lead to long-lasting change.