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Chuka Umunna condemns spate of stabbings

TWITTER: Chuka Umunna

MP CHUKA UMUNNA has condemned the recent spate of stabbings in and around his south London constituency on Twitter.

The Shadow Business Secretary felt compelled to voice his concern on the social networking site following fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Kwame Ofusu-Asare on Friday night, just minutes away from his Streatham ward.

Umunna tweeted: “I am deeply concerned about the spate of stabbings we have had in my constituency and Lambeth this last two weeks.,” he said.

He added: This serious violence is a blight on our community - as ever, we all have to work even harder to stop what is happening on our streets.”

It is believed Kwame, a sixth form student from Catford, south London, was with a friend on their way to his friend's relative's house in Brixton when they were chased by two young men and assaulted.

He was en route to a south London hospital when he died in the ambulance.

Kwame's friend was not injured.

A post-mortem gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds.



Devon George, Executive chair of Lambeth Enterprise, which develops an action plan to support the delivery of the enterprise objectives in the community, stressed the need for peace on the streets.

He told The Voice: “I’m very, very disturbed about the current upsurge in youth violence in the town. We were hoping that with the number of things that’s been going on and the work going on in localities, that were starting to help young people grow out of that stuff.

“We’re angry and sad that this kind of thing could happen. We’ve got to have substantial resources to really engage these young people and give them something for direction in their lives.”

Kwame, who was of Ghanaian heritage, attended Forest Hill School in south east London.


KILLED: Kwame Ofusu-Asare

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