Leaders at Gedling Borough Council and Gedling MP Vernon Coaker have again called on the Government to step up efforts to tackle knife crime after a boy from Arnold was killed in London earlier this week.
The former Redhill Academy pupil was stabbed to death in Leyton during what police described as “a targeted attack” at 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 8.
In the statement released today, Cllr. John Clarke, Leader of Gedling Borough Council; Cllr. Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council and Vernon Coaker, Member of Parliament for Gedling said they would continue to work with Nottinghamshire Police to tackle youth violence.
In the statement they said: “We are shocked and appalled by the tragic murder of 14 year old Jayden Moodie.
“We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Jayden’s family and friends. We will provide whatever support is necessary at this difficult time.
“This tragic incident in London has once again highlighted the devastating impact of knife crime.
“Here in Gedling we will continue to support Nottinghamshire Police in their efforts to tackle knife crime and youth violence. Prior to Christmas we arranged to meet with senior representatives from Nottinghamshire Police with a view to providing additional council funding for their ongoing preventative work in local schools and with our young people to help tackle knife and youth crime.
“We will be making a further announcement on this after our meeting with police colleagues in less than two weeks’ time.
“The Government must also urgently act to step up efforts on tackling the issues of knife crime and youth violence. This must include providing whatever additional resources and support are necessary for policing, education, youth work, community organisations and social services.”