Young people who invented a slogan to raise awareness of gang, knife and gun crime as part of a competition have been awarded prizes at Hounslow Civic Centre.
‘Pulling the trigger won’t make you any bigger’ can now be seen on posters in community centres, schools and police stations across the borough and is the end product of a cross-school contest that began at a youth conference in January at Twickenham Stadium.
Each Year Nine student from the winning team won a £20 music voucher, presented by the respective mayors of Hounslow and Richmond at a special ceremony.
Meenu Dhiri, vice chairman of Hounslow Borough Community Police Consultative Group, said: “The sad fact is young people in London are losing their lives because of a growing culture of gang violence. This problem has not spread to Hounslow and Richmond and we are determined it will stay that way.
“The Metropolitan Police and its partners are working hard to keep young people safe, but need the support of young people. The conference and competition were about making young people realise the consequences of carrying weapons, and the implications to their own safety, and liberty. The slogans they have produced are excellent and hopefully their messages will be picked up by other young people.”