Tributes to knife crime victims unveiled at Ilford peace monument

Schoolchildren will get a chance to have their artistic input on an Ilford peace monument as part of a competition launched on New Year’s Day.

Plaques on the Redbridge Peace Monument, located at the junction of Riches Road and Winston Way, were unveiled on Sunday, as part of a resolution for peace in the borough.

They commemorated those who have died or been victims to violent crimes, and mention on them is given to Kashif Mahmood and Westley Odger, who were both knife crime victims.

Redbridge Peace Monument project chairman Wilson Chowdhry said: “Young people will be given a chance to draw their own mosaic for the monument.

“It’s a way in which we can engage them with the dangers of knife crime and hopefully from 2012 Redbridge will have a more peaceful future.”

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The competition is open to school pupils in the borough aged between three and 11.

Entries will be divided into three separate age ranges and judged by mosaic artist Gary Drostle.

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Pictures must be submitted by March 30 to Peace Monument Mosaic Competition, East Ilford Business Partnership, 57 Green Lane, Ilford.

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