Chapeltown and Harehills Churches Together Press Release
Like everyone else in the country, we the members of Christian churches in Chapeltown and Harehills have been deeply saddened and worried at the tragic loss of young lives to violent crime in the streets of Leeds. Knife crime has risen in Leeds by 32% in the last year, with the highest peaks in the LS7 and LS8 areas.
Leaders of “Chapeltown and Harehills Churches Together” (CHCT) and their congregations are often directly affected by such violence and think it is time to go beyond the daily pastoral care of victims and their families.
As an initial response we plan to plant in Chapeltown and Harehills two “weapons bins” of the type already seen and successfully employed in the streets of London and Sheffield. In dialogue with the West Yorkshire Police force and local youth workers, these bins – securely made and installed – will offer young people in the area the opportunity to turn their lives around and make a fresh start. Each weapon anonymously dropped into the bins may mean two lives being saved: that of the potential perpetrator of a heinous crime, and that of the potential victim.
Each of these bins costs £4,000 to professionally construct, install and maintain for a year. We appeal to your generosity to help us finance the project. The lives of our children are at stake.
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May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon you and upon those you love.
Crime statistics ( https://www.police.uk/west-yorkshire/LDT_NE/crime )