Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, was joined by charity bosses, police officers and community groups at a violent crime summit today.
John Biggs emphasised the importance of groups working collaboratively, using £228,000 given to projects in the borough by the Mayor of London to tackle youth violence.
He said: “Clearly we need our police, council, schools and youth services to work effectively, but what we need is a multi-agency approach. We don’t just need soundbites.
“You can come to an event like this and just talk about the problems, but we need to recognise the greater things as well. We’re bound to talk about behaviours and risks to young people, but our young people are a pretty good thing in our community. We need to nurture and respect them.”
Violent crime is up 4.3 per cent in Tower Hamlets since last year, according to divisional director for community safety, Ann Corbett, who spoke after the mayor.