JUSTICE secretary Chris Grayling has visited Ealing Magistrates Court to hear about a scheme giving children an insight in the effects of crime.
The Epson & Ewell MP, who is also the lord chancellor, spoke to children who have taken part in Your Life You Choose, which arranges for teams from the police, Feltham Young Offenders' Institution, Victim Support, the Youth Offending Service and magistrates to visit schools in the borough.
Mr Grayling and Central Ealing and Acton MP Angie Bray heard from members of each team and the project's founder, magistrate Diana Dishley, on March 22.
Georgia Solomon, who attends Twyford Church of England High School in Twyford Crescent, Acton, told him: “It was really eye opening and I can say that it has helped me to reconsider when I’ve been tempted to do the wrong thing.”
Chief Inspector Dan Thorpe, of Ealing police, said: "In more than 20 years service, Your Life You Choose is the most effective and interactive schools project I have experienced. Although it’s impossible to measure, I’m sure it’s played a huge part in reducing youth related gang violence in the borough in the last few years."