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Friday, 22 February 2013

Anti-gang project visits Churchill Gardens Estate

Posted by Poppy Bradbury on Feb 22, 13 

An anti-gang project that works to steer vulnerable youngsters away from a life of crime is coming to Pimlico.

Westminster Council's Your Choice roadshow takes place on the Churchill Gardens Estate on tomorrow (Saturday).

The event, which was planned months ago, comes just weeks after teenager Hani Abou El Kheir was stabbed to death in nearby Lupus Street on January 27.

Youngsters can take part in parkour (free running) and graffiti workshops, while picking up vital advice in Johnson's Place, opposite Coleridge House, from 11am to 4pm.

Councillor Nickie Aiken, the council's leader for young people and community protection, said: "The urgency and importance of the schemes was brought into sharp focus earlier this year.

"The problem with gangs impacts on all our lives and unfortunately Westminster isn't immune.

"This was something we recognised in 2010 and have been working hard to eradicate.

"That is why we set up the Your Choice programme - to offer young people real options away from the supposed temptations that gangs can offer."

As part of a similar project funded by the European Commission, Youth SecURe Streets, young people from South Westminster interviewed politicians and police about gang problems, and encouraged young people to choose the right path for London youth radio station, Reprezent 107.3FM.

Concerned residents on the estate can speak to council, police and CityWest Homes officers at weekly surgeries starting on Thursday, March 7, from 4pm to 7pm.

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