Five in race to get knife crime cash

Hetal Sheth-Pathak

Five community organisations in London have been shortlisted to receive £1.6m to tackle knife culture in the capital.

The Howard League for Penal Reform, Kickstart, Paddington Development Trust, Lambeth Crime Prevention Trust and Rainer have each received grants of £5,000 to develop detailed proposals, which they will present in May.

Several of London's leading grant-makers formed a consortium to raise the £1.6m for the project. Bridge House Trust, the City Parochial Foundation, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Lyons Charity and the Wates Foundation considered proposals from more than 40 agencies to deal with knife culture in areas of London where knife-related violence is common - Brent, north Westminster, north Lambeth and Southwark.

In July, one of the groups will be awarded the grant over a period of five years.

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