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Dagenham Heathway stabbing victim ‘won’t be buried in borough due to gang-related threats’

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Jordan Kukabu burial gang members

Jordan Kukabu, 18, of Romford, was stabbed near Dagenham Heathway station. His family has revealed the issues they face in trying to bury him, as they have been met with ‘threats’ by gang members.

Cllr Pongo stated at a council meeting on the 17th May that his family is unable to bury Jordan in Barking and Dagenham due to threats made against his cousin.

Cllr Pongo of Chadwell Heath Ward, said: “Do we know how many gangs there are in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham My nephew will not be buried [here] because my cousin has received threats from a lot of people, so there are gangs out there that are running this borough.”

Jordan Kabubu burial gang members
Michael Pongo speaking at a cabinet member //BDCOUNCIL

After his nephew’s death, he met with five bereaved parents whose child had been murdered, he told the chamber. He said: “All of them actually [told] me that kids are [preyed and watched on] at the age of 11 in the borough, can I just ask Cllr Syed Ghani is there any measures that the council will put in place to prevent kids from joining gangs?”

Responding to Cllr Pongo, Cllr Ghani who is the cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased, yes we are very sorry and this is something that gangs do.”

He went on to state that the Lost Hours campaign, which was established by the council, police, and youth services to combat the rise of severe juvenile violence in the borough, has been “very important” in the fight against gang culture. “In terms of prevention and what we are doing, the Lost Hour campaign is one of the things,” said Cllr. Ghani.

“Yesterday I had a meeting with the chief executive and Ch Supt Stuart Bell [of the East Area], we talked about [putting] a [knife] archway in the station and we’ve talked about knife amnesty, this is something that you will see and [there will be] more visible policing in our markets and our stations.

“This is not just our priority – gangs and knife crime – this is the Mayor of London’s priority as well. So we need more resources, more money, more things but but we are working on that.”

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