Violent youth crime will be put in the spotlight on Tuesday as experts on the growing phenomenon give evidence to a panel chaired by Cherie Blair.
The Street Weapons Commission will be at Birmingham Town Hall as part of a tour of five major British cities which will go towards a series of programmes on gun and knife crime to be broadcast on Channel 4 this summer. Today’s event will see testimonies from victims of youth crime in Birmingham as well as those working to reduce it.
They include Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Keith Bristow, who leads the Association of Chief Police Officers on Violent Crime; Chief Superintendent Tom Coughlan of West Midlands Police who heads the force’s unit on tackling gang violence; Kirk Davies, former chair of The Black and Asian Police Association for the West Midlands, and campaigner Ann Oakes-Odger, an anti-knife crime campaigner and mother of a knife crime victim.
West Midlands Police’s former Chief Constable Lord Geoffrey Dear will be one of seven commissioners on the panel to support the former Prime Minister's wife.
A programme called The Truth About Street Weapons to be shown in June will highlight the results of the commission’s work. The other cities to feature in the programme are Liverpool, London, Glasgow and Manchester.