SEAFORD: Workshop helps highlight the realities of knife crime

Knife crime workshop
Knife crime workshop

AN ART workshop focusing on knife crime and the chance to find out about different services in the area has been welcomed in Seaford.

Families, individuals and passers-by dropped in to Cross Way Church Hall last Tuesday to meet with representatives from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Seaford Town Council, Seaford Street Pastors, Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators Association and other agencies.

The Quality Streets event follows a similar day in Vale Road last year and is Lewes District Community Safety Partnership’s flagship community project which sees police officers join teams from Lewes District Council to deliver advice to people living in the area.

Sergeant Chris Veale said, “We have received extremely positive feed back from the community and the partner agencies that came on this day.

“This type of multi agency event goes from strength to strength in improving public relations and confidence in the way we manage and approach our neighbourhoods.

“The core principal behind this initiative provides the opportunity for people to discuss their feelings on crime, anti social behaviour and any other issues affecting their area.”

A number of young people were particularly keen to join in a spray painting project to learn about how knife crime affects people, the theme being ‘He’ll Never, She’ll Never, They’ll Never’.

The scheme in Seaford was run by Clare Hackney and her son Sam. People were given the chance to create a sentence based on victims of knife crime and everyday things they wouldn’t be able to do again, such as play games or stroke a dog.

Eastbourne resident Clare,lead artist for the voluntary organisation Highlight, said, “It’s been good to get involved with the police and it’s nice to have something on the high street where there’s a drop-in session, it’s been quite popular.

“It means people think about death and a waste of a life of a young person and what that really means.”

Scott Templeman, whose son Bailey was at the event and took part in the art workshop, said, “I think it’s a good way of raising awareness for local people of all the different services available.”

Also at the event was Tony Willer from Seaford Churches for the Street Pastors group.

He said, “There’s been a steady stream of people today and they are generally encouraged by what we’re doing.”

Fred Newman, from Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators Association and area coordinator of the group, said his stall had received some positive enquiries and Seaford mayor Councillor Bob Allen, added, “We’ve certainly on the town council table had quite a number of queries which we can do something about and didn’t know about. It’s been useful meeting the community in this way.”