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Have you been affected by knife crime? The Recorder wants to hear from you

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 August 2017

The family of Charlie Kutyauripo (left to right) father Farai, brother Dennis, great aunt Monica and mother Matilda pause to look at the flowers outside the Ashton Playing Fields in Woodford Green, where he died after being stabbed on January 9 2016 as he was attending a female friend's 16th birthday party. Picture: John Stillwell/PA.

The family of Charlie Kutyauripo (left to right) father Farai, brother Dennis, great aunt Monica and mother Matilda pause to look at the flowers outside the Ashton Playing Fields in Woodford Green, where he died after being stabbed on January 9 2016 as he was attending a female friend's 16th birthday party. Picture: John Stillwell/PA.

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Knife crime in London has risen by 20 per cent in the past year affecting communities across the capital, Metropolitan Police figures show.

Knife crime in London has risen by 20 per cent in the past year affecting communities across the capital, Metropolitan Police figures show.

The Ilford Recorder would like to hear from you if you, your family or your community have been affected by knife crime.

Have you been a victim of an attack or robbery? Has knife crime impacted on your family or area?

Are you scared that your children may be at risk?

Are you a young adult who has considered carrying a knife because of concerns for your own safety or a teacher who fears for the wellbeing of pupils?

What do you think should be done to tackle this issue and its devastating impact on communities in Redbridge?

What action should be taken by police and the Mayor of London?

If you have a story to tell, contact investigations journalist Emma Youle on 020 7433 0122 or email emma.youle@archant.co.uk. We are happy to speak in confidence if necessary.

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