Bromley Children’s Trust Stakeholders organised a conference today to consult on the issue of gangs in Bromley. It is known that Penge is the base for these gangs and unlike the recent audit which shows Bromley is an Emerging Gang Borough we have known they have been amongst us for years – despite the great work that Streetwise under Tina Marshall is doing in Penge and our excellent local police team under Sgt Rob Goodwin.
However, we still have 3 unsolved murders, 2 of which were gang related, and we urged the new police gang team to keep this in mind when doing their prevention and investigating work. We want justice for their families.
We welcome the new Gang Resistence Programme being rolled out to years 5 and 6 of our local Harris Schools and the Pupil Referral Unit.
There is no additional money to promote youth work so to achieve the objective to ‘lessen the impact’ we have been asked to forward all known youth activity work in the area to Denise Mantell at Mylife@bromley.gov.uk so it can be collated and used by the Stakeholder team to sign post agencies within the Partnership.
We are not sure this is enough but it’s a start. We need some real action in Penge so please let Denise know of relevant activities.