Three Croydon charities looking to stamp out knife crime have just been given a boost.

Rising Stars Support (£14,622), StreetDoctors (£44,100) and the Cassandra Learning Centre (£28,417) have each been given funding to help put in place projects which will hopefully keep kids out of harms way.

The three groups were some of the 43 anti-knife crime projects across London to share in part of the £1.4 handed out my London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

“The Government is letting our young people down and failing in its basic duty to keep people safe," Mr Khan said.

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"At City Hall, we’re doing all we can to compensate for the failure of ministers and we are stepping up to provide unprecedented additional funds to the Met police, as well as driving forward a full and comprehensive knife crime strategy and my £45m young Londoners fund, which will help many young people to thrive, prosper and make the right choices to avoid being sucked into a life of crime.

“I refuse to accept that nothing can be done to stem the appalling rise of violent crime we are seeing across the country.

"The community and grass-roots projects receiving funding today, alongside the projects that were funded earlier in the spring, will help root out violence within our communities and give more young Londoners the skills, support and aspirations they need to turn away from crime and fulfil their potential.”

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This announcement comes less than two months after Croydon BME Forum was given £50,000 as part of the same anti-knife crime initiative.

With the money, Rising Stars will look to deliver 48 mixed martial arts sessions to 120 young people in Croydon.

The Cassandra Learning Centre will provide one-to-one counselling and group sessions to 100 perpetrators of knife crime from Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark.

Finally, StreetDoctors will create a partnership project to educate up to 300 young people with knowledge of dangers and risks of knife crime, first aid training and lifesaving skills in Croydon and Hackney.