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Sadiq Khan promises £15m to tackle youth crime in London

Mayor targets capital’s most disadvantaged with education, sport and cultural initiatives

The mayor of London has promised £15m a year to fund education, sport and cultural activities for the capital’s most disadvantaged young people, in an effort to steer them away from crime and violence.

Sadiq Khan announced the three-year initiative, worth a total of £45m, and condemned cuts by the government that had led to the closure of 30 youth centres in London, involving 12,700 places for young people, since 2011. Such services were vital to help avoid young people being “sucked into crime”, he said.

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