Meeting held in wake of Southend murder

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Fatal stabbing of Fabian Kacica

Residents have been thanked for attending a public meeting that was held to discuss the community‘s concerns following the murder of a man in Southend.

About 30 people attended the meeting at The Forum in Elmer Avenue on, Saturday, May 19, including representatives of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, community leaders and senior officers from Essex Police.

Worried

Fabian Kacica

It was organised following the fatal stabbing of Fabian Kacica, 19, on Monday, May 14.
Following the meeting, officers plan to set up a working group with a number of residents and partners to take forward suggestions from members of the public for steering people away from carrying knives.

District commander Neil Pudney said: “I want to thank residents and community leaders for attending yesterday’s meeting and for sharing their views, concerns and ideas.

“I understand people are worried but I want to assure them we are listening to their concerns and I am committed to doing everything I can to help people feel safe in our town.

“Knife crime is a national issue and sadly we are no exception in feeling its effects here.

“Here in Southend we tackle knife crime every day, as well as the issues of anti-social behaviour and drugs that are often associated with it.

“We have also been working closely with the borough council to tackle anti-social behaviour and disorder in Southend town centre.

“The fight against knife crime is a long term challenge and is one that we can only successfully tackle as a community, using enforcement, preventative measures and education.

“Residents came to the meeting with some great ideas on how to address some of the root issues and I will be looking to set up a working group with them so we can progress these further, along with our partners within the council and community.

Involved

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who was not able to come to the meeting but wishes to contribute to the group.”

Anyone interested in being involved is asked to send their contact details and suggestions to [email protected].uk

Residents with any concerns or information about knife crime are urged to report themas this plays a key role in helping us to take more knives off the streets.

They are also encouraged to speak to town patrol officers and attend local community meetings and Coffee with Cops sessions. The dates and locations are on our website at https://www.essex. police.uk/your-area/southend and on Facebook – search for ‘Essex Police – Southend”

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