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Wednesday 31st August 2016
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£250,000 To Tackle Knife Crime

A new quarter of a million pound fund to help young people tackle knife crime has been launched today by Home Secretary Theresa May and actress Brooke Kinsella.

Ben-Kinsella.jpgThe new 'Ben Kinsella Fund' has been named after Brook's brother - who was stabbed to death in Holloway in 2008. He was the 17th teenager to die at knifepoint that year.

The money, administered by The Prince's Trust, will be targeted at areas with high levels of knife crime and serious youth violence.

Fifty grants will be available to run positive anti-knife crime activities and will be targeted at areas where there are high levels of knife crime.

Brooke Kinsella will help to select the successful projects:

"Over the last few years I have seen people of all ages working together with their neighbours, the police, local charities and government to try and make a difference and drive knife crime out of their communities.

"This fund will give some of these young people the support they need to run anti-knife crime projects in their local area and I really hope it will make a difference to their neighbourhoods."