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Murdered boy's boost for youth

PUBLISHED: 14:54 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 25 August 2010

THE father of murdered 11-year-old Damilola Taylor has announced new hopes for youth work in south London.

THE father of murdered 11-year-old Damilola Taylor has announced new hopes for youth work in south London.

Speaking at the gala night of Kidbrooke School's production of Romeo and Juliet at Greenwich Theatre, Richard Taylor said the borough could be in line for youth work funding, last Thursday.

Accepting £3,907 raised by the evening for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Mr Taylor said he wants the trust to stretch its youth work into Woolwich, Plumstead and Thamesmead.

Mr Taylor said: "I hope by the time we are finished we will have some peace in those areas."

The move for more youth work to combat more youth stabbings and murders in south London came within weeks of Trust Thamesmead receiving £5 million for a new youth centre.

Michael Jervis, chief executive of the Damilola Taylor Trust, said: "We have had initial discussions with the borough and will be taking these discussions further.

"Our focus is on finding a workable strategy to prevent knife and gun crime working with partner."

Visit www.damilolataylortrust.com for more information.

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