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Vigil held at Ilford peace monument to promote unity as violent crime skyrockets

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 30 July 2018

A vigil was held at Ilford peace monument on July 27, 2018. Photo: Wilson Chowdhury

A vigil was held at Ilford peace monument on July 27, 2018. Photo: Wilson Chowdhury

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A vigil has been held in Ilford town centre in a bid to promote peace in the face of soaring violent crime rates in the capital.

A vigil was held at Ilford peace monument on July 27, 2018. Photo: Wilson ChowdhuryA vigil was held at Ilford peace monument on July 27, 2018. Photo: Wilson Chowdhury

Dozens of teenagers read aloud a poem during a vigil held at the Ilford peace monument, which stands at the junction of Riches Road and Winston Way, at 2pm today, July 27.

It was organised by the East Ilford Betterment Campaign (EIBP) and youth charities The Challenge and E-gangs.

Among the speakers was Parvin Mahmoud whose son Kashif Mahmouf who was brutally murdered at the age of 15 during a brawl near to the location of the monument.

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the East Ilford Betterment Partnership, said: "Violent crime is a distasteful crime that always has long term ramifications to the victims the perpetrators and friends and families associated with both sides.

"There are simply no winners in crimes of this nature."

Guests dressed in red and wrote messages of 'No Knives, Better Lives' on their forearms.

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