Residents of Hertfordshire are being invited to an online event to listen to former gang members and victims recounting their experiences of violent crime.
The Lives Not Knives event, hosted by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Gangs and Schools Team, will be broadcast on Instagram on Tuesday, October 20 between 6pm and 7.30pm.
The online event will feature inspirational guest speakers, who will share their own experiences of knife crime and gang culture.
The guest speakers will be Alison Cope and Darren Awolesi, who will talk first-hand about the consequence that violence has had on their lives.
The event will end with a powerful piece, written and performed by artist Quinton Green.
You can watch the event by searching for @entercareermode on Instagram.
Sergeant Helen Croughton from the Gangs and Schools team said: “Our online events have been very successful and we’ve had great feedback from those who joined us.
“It’s a great way to reach out to young people and give them the chance to listen to people who have real experience of dealing with the challenges that anyone can find themselves in. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the experiences of others about how to avoid making the wrong choices.
“I would like to thank the speakers who are taking part and sharing their stories, Herts Sports Partnership and our partner agencies who have been involved in making this event possible.”
Anyone who is concerned about gang or knife crime can call the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101.
For more info on how to get help and support visit herts.police.uk/cyp.