Gang-troubled estates to be visited by Westminster Council programme

Estates troubled by serious gang violence will be visited by gang workers, police and other professionals in a council-run event.

The Wood&Vale revealed last week that Lisson Grove estate had been plagued by large groups of young people fighting with knives and sticks in gang-related violence this summer.

The estate, along with nearby Warwick Estate, will host the council’s second Your Choice: Your Community event on September 21 and 22.

It will see gang and youth club workers, senior decision-makers from Westminster Council and representatives of the Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhoods teams visit to discuss ways to tackle gang crime with residents.

Unique Dynamite cheerleaders will treat visitors to street dance and cheerleading demonstrations and will also run workshops and taster sessions to allow young people to try out the activities for themselves.

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and community protection, said: “I hope this dedicated event will help us to be even more available and receptive to local people’s views, as well as to provide them with more detailed information about the Your Choice programme and the work we are doing in their neighbourhood.”

David Savizon, a Westminster gangs outreach worker, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to meet us, share their concerns about youth violence, and learn more about what we’re offering through the Your Choice programme in Westminster.”