Mayor of London Boris Johnson learns how Bromley is keeping young people safe
PUBLISHED: 12:15 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:15 13 February 2014
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visited Bromley yesterday to see how funding from the Mayor's Office was helping to prevent crime and keep people safe in the borough.
Welcomed by the Youth Offending Service, Mr Johnson spent time finding out how Bromley works with young people in danger of falling the wrong side of the law.
During his morning visit, Cllr Tim Stevens joined the mayor in visiting examples of projects such as bicycle repair workshops, run in partnership with Bromley Police and the council’s road safety unit.
Aiming to teach young people useful skills for the future, the project sees unclaimed stolen cycles return to road worthiness and passed on to victims of bike crime.
Moving on, their pair also visited Hillside Primary School, in Orpington, where he took time to talk to pupils about the borough’s unique Junior Citizen event.
Aimed at local Year 6 children, the event aims to introduce the children to a number of scenarios they may face when moving up to secondary school.
Mr Johnson said: “Bromley is doing some excellent work to make the borough safer and, in particular, to steer young people away from getting involved in crime and teach them valuable new skills.
“It was great to see first-hand the range of activities, from mentoring to citizenship programmes at schools like Hillside Primary, aimed at teaching youngsters to become responsible adults.”
Cllr Stevens added: “We were delighted that the mayor was able to spend a morning to see what we are achieving here in Bromley around crime prevention and diversion as well as giving support to those young people who may be in danger of getting into trouble.
“I am hugely proud of the hard work and dedication that the Police, council and our partners put in along with many volunteers who really make a difference to the safety of our communities.”