Violent crime: public meeting to tackle misconceptions and find solutions

7 August 2019

Local people are invited to join Police and Council leaders for a community conversation about violent crime at Roundwood Youth Centre on Thursday 22 August. Sadly, like many London boroughs, Brent has had its share of headlines for street violence in recent months.

In the latest Time to Talk event, participants will have the chance to talk about their concerns, put questions to Police and Councillors, hear from young people in the borough, and work together to find solutions.

The event will also highlight the reality behind some of the headlines and tackle misconceptions. Despite a number of high profile incidents, police figures show knife crime incidents in Brent are far less frequent than they were 12 months ago. The number of crimes involving knives has dropped 31%.

Launched by Brent Council in 2016, the Time to Talk series encourages open dialogue about difficult issues like domestic abuse, youth violence and hate crime.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: "We're working hard, with the Police, to address violence on our streets and make Brent an even safer place to live. But just as it takes a village to raise a child, we need the whole community to work together to put a stop to this behaviour.

"Headlines don't always tell the full story, but they do focus minds. We want to harness the strong emotions people rightly feel about street violence and see if we can find solutions together."

Neighbourhood Superintendent, Mr Louis Smith, said: "Every serious crime is a tragedy for the victim, for their families and for their wider network of friends. They are rare events and the numbers show they are reducing but policing alone can only ever do so much. Putting a stop to the problems, reducing the risks at earlier stages means community involvement in solutions."

The event will take place at Roundwood Youth Centre in Harlesden NW10 on Thursday 22 August, 7-9pm. It is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

To register your interest, please email timetotalk@brent.gov.uk or click 'Going' on the dedicated Facebook event.