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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - CLASH IN CONTEXT

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The scuffle that broke out at the community cohesion event in Camden's town hall (LGC, 6 August) must be seen in co...
The scuffle that broke out at the community cohesion event in Camden's town hall (LGC, 6 August) must be seen in context.

Camden LBC and our partners have worked hard to tackle tensions among young people in Camden's Bangladeshi community, with a lot of success.

Our Youth & Connexions Service plays a key co-ordinating role, working closely with the voluntary sector, the police, the community, the Youth Offending Team and other agencies.

Two projects that have been particularly successful are the Camden United Project, which uses sport as a tool to unite young people, and the community cohesion project, which organises joint activities with young people in the Bangladeshi community. The Camden United project has won national awards for its work in tackling youth conflict and racism.

The event at the town hall was organised by one of the council's voluntary sector partners and looked to recognise the achievements of youths who have been involved in these two projects.

The fact a scuffle broke out was partly due to the format of the event. It was not appropriate and we will all learn lessons from this.

However, it speaks volumes for the progress made that both sides apologised and shook hands. A few years ago, it would have been impossible to even get these two groups of young people into the same room.

Theo Blackwell (lab)

Executive member for equalities, Camden LBC

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