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United against knife crime

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidates in Bournemouth today called on the Conservatives to act now on knife crime, and stop Bournemouth town centre sliding into a no-go zone.

Paying tribute to Cameron Hamilton - the Bournemouth teen who was stabbed to death earlier this month – Labour’s parliamentary candidates Jessica Toale and Tom Hayes attended a march against knife crime on Saturday 12 August.

Figures unearthed by the Labour show the number of victims of violence aged between 10 and 15 years old has risen, from 105,000 in March 2020 to 227,000 in the last year - the highest level since 2012.

Tom Hayes and Jessica Toale, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidates for Bournemouth East and Bournemouth West respectively, said:

“The bouquets of flowers and moving tributes at the Square show just how much Cameron was loved. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

“Over thirteen years in power, Bournemouth’s Conservative politicians have failed our young people. In the past year, nearly a quarter of a million children were victims of violence, more than at any other time in the last decade.

“Our town centre can be made safe again, but we need action to stop its decline into a no-go zone and more visible policing. Labour has pledged to halve serious violent crime, provide 13,000 more bobbies on the beat and introduce criminal sanctions for antisocial behaviour.

“We call on Bournemouth’s two Conservative MPs and Police and Crime Commissioner to get around the table with us and enact a plan to keep young people safe.”

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