Kennington Co-Op knife incident as Kent secures £1.3m to tackle gangs and youth violence

On the same day that the Kennington Co-op has suffered another incident, this time by a teenager who threatened to stab a shopper with a 10in knife, the KCC has announced that Kent has secured £1.3m from the Government’s Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Fund to help prevent young people becoming involved in gangs and youth violence.

The award will enable a partnership of Kent County Council (KCC), Medway Council, Kent Police, Met Police and the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver a collaborative two-year project to reduce the impact of gang activity in north Kent and Medway and protect children at risk of criminal exploitation.

Kent will use the funding to provide support for vulnerable people across the county through peer mentoring and community support workers, linking up services for those who may otherwise become involved in knife crime and gang violence. By educating young people on the dangers of joining a gang and by providing peer mentors for young people at risk, communities will become more resilient and able to resist gang involvement.

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