I am writing in response to your article,'Growing knife crime culture', (Observer, July 10). While our research revealed that fear of knives is increasingly troubling Harrow's teens, your story failed to flag other findings, which provide a more balanced picture.
The survey did suggest that one in 10 people in the borough had been affected by knife crime. However, the survey we conducted at the Gig in the Park event revealed nearly half of those questioned were more aware than ever of the dangers of carrying a knife.
The festival succeeded in communicating a very serious message - 'Love Music,Hate Violence' - in a positive way that young people could relate to and take away.
I firmly believe councils can play a powerful role in helping young people address this serious issue. I am very proud that Harrow Council could support such a fantastic initiative led by five young people from Nower Hill High School who had the idea of using music to combat violence.
Harrow remains one of the safest boroughs in London and while knife crime dominates the headlines nationally, the fact that our teens turn out in big numbers to back 'Love Music,Hate Violence' should equally be reported.
COUNCILLOR CHIRS MOTE
Portfolio holder community and cultural services Harrow Council