On Saturday 2 March 2019, I joined Catherine West MP, Cllr Peray Ahmet, Cllr Mark Blake, cabinet member for communities, safety and engagement and local police officers to speak to residents on Vincent Road and Vincent Square following the gang related murder on Vincent Road on 22 February 2019.
Below is the text of the letter that we gave out to residents of Vincent Road and Vincent Square.
On Friday 22 February 2019, a young man was stabbed to death on Vincent Road due to gang related violence. We were shocked by this latest incident and remain concerned about the violent crime taking place in and around Wood Green.
Gang activity should not be normal on our streets – we wanted to let you know that it is not right that residents feel afraid in their own community.
We have been in regular contact with your local police and continue to receive regular updates about the investigation.
If you have any concerns, please contact the local police on 101. We believe that youth crime and gang violence has been made worse by cuts to our police. Since 2010, the Conservative Government has taken 20,000 police officers off our street. This makes us all less safe.
To tackle violent crime, we must also address the root causes. Your Haringey Labour Council will be spending an extra £250,000 on youth services to give young people opportunities so they do not become involved in gangs and crime. Please get in touch with us if you have any further concerns.”