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Wembley DJ and Roots FM owner joins debate on gangs event in Brent

PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 January 2017

Keith Gussy Young will join the debate

Keith Gussy Young will join the debate

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A Wembley DJ wants to know how guns are coming into the borough as he prepares to be one of the panellists at a free public debate on gangs and how to tackle them.

Keith Gussy Young aka DJ Gussy owner of community radio station Roots FM is attending Brent Council’s event, ‘It’s Time to Talk: Gangs’ in Roundwood Youth Centre on January 17 from 5.30 to 8.30pm.

The DJ and former youth club worker, who also runs Youngs Football Coaching and works with Brent schools, said he’s appalled at what is happening in Harlesden, where he grew up on the Church End Estate.

He said: “I’m appalled by the types of guns young people are getting hold of and how they are getting into the country and onto our streets.

“Young people need to be listened to, and there are a lot of young people out there, good people. If we don’t find a solution to really listen to them it will create a vicious cycle.”

He added: “Most of our youth clubs have been shut down now forcing our children back on the streets. It’s not an easy subject but people at the top have to start listening. They may be building all these new flats but they need to build youth centres as well.”

Joining DJ Gussy will be a number of high-profile speakers including Angela Herbert MBE of the National Offender Management Service, and Maria Arpa of the Centre for Peaceful Solution in Kensal Rise.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council’s cabinet member for stronger communities, will chair the event.

He said: “In the past year, there have been a number of serious violent incidents in Brent which have been instances of gang crime.

“We are not going to hide from this issue and pretend it doesn’t exist - there is a problem in Brent with gangs. Whilst there is a lot of good work going on at the moment with our partners to tackle this issue, we know that the key to taking on gangs is to engage with our community and develop real, grassroots strategies to the issues.

“I hope that residents from all backgrounds will come along and share their ideas. We want to discuss ways to tackle the issues we are currently facing as well as getting the community’s views on possible preventative measures for our young people of the future.”

Residents can ask questions in advance by emailing James.curtis@brent.gov.uk.

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