It is with great sadness that in the early hours of yesterday morning we so needlessly lost yet another young life to knife crime in the London Borough of Brent. At 9pm last night a 21-year-old was fatally stabbed on Harlesden High Street and tragically passed away in hospital at 2:50am.

I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim. I know that my words cannot begin to lessen the pain and hurt that you now feel. I want you to know however that when you are ready I will be here to help and support you in whatever way that I can as your Member of Parliament.

On Wednesday morning I visited Harlesden High Street to meet with residents and businesses. I am urging anyone who may have heard or seen anything to call the police via the non-emergency number 101 citing reference CAD 7897/23Apr. I know however that many people may not want to go on the record as to what they saw; in such a case you can make a witness report with complete anonymity to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers will not reveal your identity.

I am also currently in contact with both the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor of London and can assure everyone that there have been seven arrests in connection with the murder. The police are continuing their investigation and I understand there is good evidence available. I will be continuing to monitor this situation closely and will share any updates in the public interest.

Knife crime has become an all too regular occurrence in our community and far too many young lives have been sadly lost. That is why, as recently as this month, I wrote to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London urging her to review the policing offer being made to Brent. I will continue to push all relevant authorities on the need for additional police on our streets.

I have held several public meetings which have all been well attended. There is not one solution to the problem. But this Government has tried to rip the heart out of our community; taking away money for schools, youth services, adult social care and policing. This has to stop. Cuts have consequences and I will be sending the Prime Minister another letter to highlight yet again the consequences of Tory austerity and cuts.

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For up to date news from Dawn on the work she is doing on policing and crime please visit her dedicated page on www.dawnbutler.org.uk/police

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