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Times letters: Stopping violent crime and help identify soldiers

PUBLISHED: 08:30 23 June 2019

GPS tagging for knife crime offenders at high risk of offending is being brought to the borough. Picture: PA

GPS tagging for knife crime offenders at high risk of offending is being brought to the borough. Picture: PA

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times' readers this week.

Plan to stop reoffending

Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent & Harrow, writes:

Tackling reoffending is a key facet in our fight against rising violent crime.

This is why it has been very positive to see City Hall recently increase its investment in this area.

The Mayor of London is expanding a pilot scheme operating in Lewisham, Croydon, Southwark and Lambeth, making it a requirement for knife crime offenders, deemed to be the most at-risk of re-offending, to wear a GPS tag after their release from prison as part of strict licence conditions.

I welcome the decision to roll this out to our borough and believe it will help to improve the rehabilitation of persistent offenders and protect victims.

It should also enable the police to more effectively detect and prevent violent crime.

It is vital that we continue to come together as a community and cultivate a strong relationship with our local police teams.

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Can you help identify soldiers

Reg Sharpe, Henlow, Bedfordshire, writes:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is trying to identify two soldiers from the 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment.

They died on September 29, 1918 and were recovered from the battlefield near Villers-Guislain in 2014. They are currently commemorated in Northern France.

After extensive research, there are four potential candidates for them:

- Private Sidney Roberts, born in Kilburn, Middlesex on September 30, 1898.

- Private John Rogers, born in Kent in 1876.

- Private Albert Jones, born in 1897 in Halesowen.

- Private Thomas Parker, born in 1885 in Stafford.

If you are related to the men email enquiries@cwgc.org

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