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Student Roy Sefa-Attakora is pictured at the Youth Crime Summit with Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

4 Apr 2019

Student meets Prime Minister to discuss violent youth crime

A Loughborough University politics student has met with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss how the country should tackle violent youth crime.

Third-year student Roy Sefa-Attakora, who is a member of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and its young people advisory panel, was invited to the youth violence summit at Downing Street on April 1 to represent the YJB.

The summit, which focused on England and Wales, involved more than 100 experts, including Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Baroness Newlove, the victims' commissioner for England and Wales.

Speaking about his time at the summit Roy said: “It was great to be a part of such an important discussion. I focussed on the relationship between communities and the police, and how this can be improved. I also discussed criminal convictions and how these can be a significant barrier to proper rehabilitation for young people.”