Church Communication Secretary Responds to Gun and Knife Crime in National Newspapers

24th May 2019

Hackney's Communication secretary Darrell Philip is an active writer for his local church. His articles are regularly published here in BUC News and the Messenger, but last week Darrell was also published in The Voice newspaper speaking out against the knife and crime epidemic in London.

In his article 'We're not to blame for knife crime epidemic' see here Darell following on from a recent special Voice report on knife crime, speaks to six individuals who share the work their organisations are doing to combat youth violence in their local 85321

communities. His article includes the work of prominent Seventh-day Adventist individuals and groups such as Jade and Riann Brooks who are members of the Hackney Pathfinder Club and were involved in the 'Because We Care' procession with their local community in a march against knife crime. Also mentioned is Dr Mark Prince who set up a charity called the The Kiyan Prince Foundation in memory of his son whom he lost to knife crime in 2006.

This bank holiday Monday 27 May, the Hackney church will once again be joining with other faith groups in the community in another march against knife and gun crime. See a video of last year's event here

As well as organising the Adventist Radio London interview and publicising the march in his local Hackney Gazette newspaper, Darrell has managed to liase with ITV London News who will be coming to film and do interviews during the day for an evening broadcast!

He has been published in The Guardian, See here.

Darrell is a teaching assistant in an east London primary school. He is an English literature and media studies graduate who has had work published in The Guardian, the Mirror and The New Nation. He also blogs at

See press release below



According to Home Office figures, there were 285 deaths recorded between March 2017 and 2018 as a result of knife crime. Alarmingly, that figure continues to rise this year with around a quarter of those having taken place in Hackney and most of those involved – whether perpetrator or victim ‒ being young people.

Following on from a peace walk (held this time last year) led by members of Hackney Council and representatives of all of Hackney's diverse faith groups, an anti-knife & youth violence street march, led by the Hackney Seventh-day Adventist church, will take place on Monday 27 May 2019. We are asking all who are coming to assemble outside the church at 11:45 am before the procession leaves the church at 12:00 pm sharp.

For photo opportunities and/or other press related enquiries please email:

For any other information related to the march please contact Pastor Joojo Bonnie on: 0798 554 5460.

Please come to support.

We look forward to seeing you there.

[Richard Daly]


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