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Teenagers launch their own campaign against knife crime

PUBLISHED: 12:02 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:41 07 September 2010

THREE Haringey teenagers launched their hard hitting action plan to cut knife crime on buses at a special event on Tuesday. Tony Acheampong, Claudia Ser-rao and Kofi Asiedu, suggested witnesses or victims of crime should text 888 followed by a letter to

THREE Haringey teenagers launched their hard hitting action plan to cut knife crime on buses at a special event on Tuesday.

Tony Acheampong, Claudia Ser-rao and Kofi Asiedu, suggested witnesses or victims of crime should text "888" followed by a letter to identify the bus and direction they were travelling in so police can track them down.

Under the scheme, each London bus will have a distinguishing number which will be clearly signposted on the bus.

The three teenagers competed with 50 other students from the St Thomas Moore School in Wood Green to find the best solution for dealing with anti-social behaviour and crime in the borough.

Kofi said: "We sent out questionnaires to teenagers in Haringey to find out what their biggest fears are and the overwhelming response was that people were afraid of knife crime and vandalism on buses. They felt it was escalating and so we tried to find a solution."

Claudia added: "We're lucky because none of us have been a victim ourselves. But I've seen people beaten up, bullied and robbed on buses. The reason we believe this system could work is because texting is less obvious than a phone call so people may be less afraid to do it in public." TFL bosses, who attended the meeting, said they are interested in developing the teenagers' idea as a way of making London's transport network safer.

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