Knife crime march cuts through London
Knife crime victims and families of victims cut through the heart of London in two marches to meet up at Hyde Park. The march was over a thousand strong and got the backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson and the police.
A thousand might not sound many when compared with the couple of thousand or so that demonstrated in Newcastle at the sacking of football manager Kevin Keegan but these were mainly friends and family of gun and knife crime victims rather than the general public who showed their support by clapping the marchers and beeping car horns.
More than a thousand people, including families and friends of gun and knife crime victims, have marched across London to Hyde Park.
The first march began from Kennington Park, south London, while another began from Caledonian Road, north London.
Families affected by knife crime, including relatives of youths killed in the city this year, are rallying to call for an end to the violence.
The idea was started on Facebook by two London women.
The marchers chanted "Stop the knives, save lives" as they walked through London.
Onlookers clapped and some motorists beeped their horns in a show of support.
London Mayor Boris Johnson backed the march adding: "The people's march alone won't stop youth crime but if everyone marching is truly committed to working together alongside the police and youth organisations, then I believe we can put an end to this horrific violence."