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Conference aims to galvanise action on knife and gang violence

Frontline workers tackling gang and knife violence in the East Midlands will converge in Nottinghamshire for a high-profile conference this week.

Hosted by the Home Office and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, the Serious Violence Event will examine the impact of knife and gun crime on Britain’s streets, particularly on victims of violence and their families.

The event, which takes place at the University of Nottingham on Thursday (Feb 28), will be opened by Nick Hunt, Head of the Serious Violence Unit for the Home Office, and will include a video address by MP Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability on the necessity of a multi-agency approach to tackle problems.

Delegates will also hear from Pat Green, chief executive of the anti-knife crime charity Ben Kinsella Trust, on the impact of violence on victims and their families while Mr Tipping will cover the challenges facing regional forces confronting street violence.

“I’m really pleased there has been so much support for this event,” said Mr Tipping.

“There are a multitude of reasons why young people engage in violence, none of which can be easily solved. It is imperative we all come together to share experience, resources and our understanding to enhance our future work.

“Early intervention is critical which is why I’m investing extra funds this year into knife crime prevention activity aimed at younger people, sending more officers into our schools to educate and listen to those most at risk of violence. We will also be recruiting a further 40 new police officers over the next 12 months, expanding our neighbourhood presence and creating new teams of proactive officers to disrupt serious crime.

“There is much more to do which is why I’m keen to attract funding from businesses and other organisations to support our prevention work and instigate change. For every life we save from violence, another innocent victim has been saved from a senseless death.”

Other key representatives due to speak at the conference are Daniel Flecknoe, acting consultant in Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council, Nicci Marzec, director of early intervention at the Office of Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and Detective Superintendent Hayley Barnett, Regional Organised Crime Unit Operations, East Midlands.

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Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2019
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