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Gun Shootings Threaten BME Business

Another three young people were being cared for in a London hospital after an automatic weapon was fired in a crowded Grime event in Collingdale West London on Sunday 11th April. Luckily all seem set to make a full recovery. The same cannot be said for promoters of black music such is the effect these crimes have on the one area of business growth in Britain’s black communities.

We have one of the most vibrant music scenes of any community in the UK with thousands of events taking place throughout the country every week. These local dances or live music events are often, along with food shops and hair and nail care outlets, the main source of private sector income in our communities.

As we have seen an escalation of knife and gun crime at various types of music events so local Police forces have insisted that club and live music venues owners cancel those events where violence is expected.

This general trend has now increased to such an extent that youth violence now threatens to snuff out one of the few areas of genuine entrepreneurial activity with a potential to earn millions. As the violence increases so both club owners and big music venues are thinking twice about allowing certain types of music events to go ahead at their venues.

Further to this, some Police Forces are becoming increasingly risk averse to black music events and are closing events down on the slightest pretext of the threat of violence.

At a time when we are facing increasing levels of black unemployment areas of private sector growth are desperately needed. The sad reality is that in addition to the tragic loss of life, serious injury and mayhem caused by such reckless violence we are killing a potential area of business that could provide a lifeline in such difficult economic times.

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  1. All around this is not good new, I will share this information with the young people who attend Descendants, I think it important that young people know the bigger picture.

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