Thursday, October 10, 2019

World Homelessness Week Protest (and a desperately tragic death of a child)

This evening I went with the Newham Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz and our Council Chief Executive, Althea Loderick to Stratford Broadway to visit the scene of a dreadful murder of a 16 year old boy.

At the same time there was an action near Stratford Station by protesters to mark National  Homelessness week.

As Newham Deputy Mayor, I went to support this event and speak to the organisers of the protest to advise them of the overnight rest centre for any rough sleepers who were unable to use the Stratford Centre since the Police had closed it as a crime scene.

While I was there I met again Andrew (see picture) who is a former rough sleeper who has written a book about his experiences on the street and has also attended meetings of the Newham Homelessness Task Force and told us about his lived experiences.

Anyone with information on this awful murder of a young boy should call police on 101 quoting reference 4644/10Oct or Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111

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