Prince Charles calls for an end to pervasive horror of knife crime

“But their remarkable determination to move forward and address the causes of such crime and to find solutions was, for me, yet another example of the light shining in the darkness.”He adds: “Of course, those who commit such brutal deeds need to face up to their crimes through being brought to justice.“However, very often it is not the punishment that brings them to their senses and changes them, but rather the extraordinary power of the forgiveness from those they have hurt.” Prince Charles convenes a forum on knife crime in December 2018Credit:PA “It is all too easy at this time, I know, to feel overwhelmed by the darkness, and by all that is going on in the world,” he said.“It is truly devastating to know of the numbers of people of all faiths around the world who are suffering simply because of their religion.“The Easter message, with its emphasis on the timeless and universal values of forgiveness and reconciliation, gives hope to us all whether we live by faith or not.“It encourages us to look for and to celebrate those moments in our own lives and in our own communities when we see the light overcoming the darkness.” He also hailed the survivors of a terror attack on a mosque in New Zealand last month for their dignified response. The Prince meets celebrity ambassadors Gareth Southgate, Tinie Tempah and actor Tom HardyCredit:PA Writing of Easter as a celebration of the triumph of lightness over dark, Prince Charles has now called for those who commit “brutal deeds” to be brought to their senses through justice and the “extraordinary power” and gift of forgiveness. Prince Charles convenes a forum on knife crime in December 2018 The Prince meets celebrity ambassadors Gareth Southgate, Tinie Tempah and actor Tom Hardy Saying “there are times when it can feel as if the light has gone out of the world and darkness reigns, the Prince, who will one day be head of the Church of England, says: “Easter gives us hope.”“Throughout my own life, it has been a humbling experience to meet and to listen to people who have suffered the most terrible personal tragedies,” he writes.“The way they have grieved and turned their grief into action to help others in the most extraordinary way is an example of the light overcoming the darkness.“Recently, Prince Harry and I brought together some of those who have been affected by knife crime to see what more could be done to tackle this pervasive horror.“Listening to those who have suffered from such attacks filled us both with immense sadness. “We need to find better ways of helping people in that adolescent transition period to take part in some exciting, adventurous, constructive, sometimes risky opportunities,” he said. He has chosen his Easter message to reiterate the pressing need to bring an end to the epidemic of “young people being knifed on our streets” in the hopes of convincing others of the benefits of positive intervention, activities and structure.The measured intervention sees the Prince adds the fight against knife crime to the key causes he has championed for decades, including the environment, plastics and youth opportunity.His charity, Youth United Foundation, already creates opportunities for young people in uniformed cadet groups, from the Army and Air Force, to the Boys’ Brigade and Girl Guiding.Referencing the death of Anthony Walker, who was murdered with an axe in a racist attack in 2005, the Prince praised the 18-year-old’s mother as a “shining example to us all” for feeling about to offer forgiveness to his killers. In December, the Prince and his younger son convened a meeting at Clarence House for those affected by knife crime, inviting victims, families, first responders, policymakers and celebrity ambassadors to discuss how they thought it could be solved.Then, he spoke of the necessity of giving teenagers “some motivation, something to get your teeth into at that period between 14 and 19 where all the worst aspects of this knife crime seem to happen”. The Prince of Wales has spoken of the “pervasive horror” of knife crime, saying anyone who commits “such brutal deeds” must be brought to justice.The Prince, who is working with his son Prince Harry to listen to the victims of knife crime and their families, issues a strong plea to halt the “terrible deeds of darkness” occurring on Britain’s streets.In an Easter Message published in The Telegraph, he speaks of the power of redemption and forgiveness, and the hope that comes through faith.The reflection, which has become an annual tradition for the Prince, this year focuses on the growing problem of knife crime in his most significant intervention yet.The Office of National Statistics reported 40,469 offences involving a knife in the year leading up to March 2018, a 17 per cent rise from the previous year and the highest level in England and Wales since records began.Some 26 people have died from stab wounds so far this year in London alone. Earlier this year, Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, called for violent crime to be treated like “the outbreak of some virulent disease – a national emergency”. read more

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