Whitgift Centre in Croydon where two boys were stabbed becomes safe haven for violence victims

The scene of the stabbing in the Whitgift Centre where two boys were injured

The scene of the stabbing in the Whitgift Centre where two boys were injured

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A shopping centre where two boys were stabbed in January has become a safe haven for people who feel their lives are in danger.

This means anyone who feels in danger in Croydon town centre can go to the Whitgift Centre and take shelter.

Anyone who feels unsafe can go to the information point, Centre Tower or Sainsbury’s and talk to a member of staff and immediately be taken to a safe place.

Tomorrow’s launch of the CitySafe Haven sheme comes after eight youth leaders from Croydon Citizens reached an agreement with the shopping centre’s executive director Andrew Bauer.

The youth leaders were from Croydon College and Coulsdon College.

Coulsdon College student president Ismael Musoke, 18, said: “Young people in Croydon are too often in the news for negative reasons.

“It’s important that we take action and get recognition for doing something positive for the borough.

And Patricia Uwagboe, 18, from Croydon College, said: “There’s a popular saying that there’s no place like home and this is because you feel safe at home.

“Croydon is our home and every resident should feel safe.

“That’s why we’re delighted that the Whitgift Centre has agreed to become a CitySafe Haven.

“Young people in Croydon love to use the Whitgift Centre and it’s good to know that if we’re ever feeling unsafe there’s somewhere we can go.”

CitySafe Havens are dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Mizen, the 16-year-old boy who was murdered in a bakery in Lee in 2008.

There are now more than 600 CitySafe Havens in London with an increasing number in Croydon including Tesco in Thornton Heath and the House of Reeves furniture store.

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2:28pm Fri 4 Apr 14

john nunn says...

You are welcome to South Norwood, but at your risk, you are welcome to Thornton Heath, but at your risk you are welcome to Croydon but at your risk. There are many other areas which are dangerous, because whoever controls the policing requirements are not aware (or wish/prefer to ignore) the necessities of our local areas.......and the police are NOT to be blamed
You are welcome to South Norwood, but at your risk, you are welcome to Thornton Heath, but at your risk you are welcome to Croydon but at your risk. There are many other areas which are dangerous, because whoever controls the policing requirements are not aware (or wish/prefer to ignore) the necessities of our local areas.......and the police are NOT to be blamed john nunn
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2:58pm Fri 4 Apr 14

john nunn says...

The low mentality of the perpertrators are to be blamed, and also the people who are in control of policing should be held responsible for their ignorance and lack of action.
The low mentality of the perpertrators are to be blamed, and also the people who are in control of policing should be held responsible for their ignorance and lack of action. john nunn
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4:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

john nunn says...

If you cannot see the cause of the problem, then you are part of the cause without excuses.
If you cannot see the cause of the problem, then you are part of the cause without excuses. john nunn
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