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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 July, 2003, 06:53 GMT 07:53 UK
Faith leaders in community meeting
Religious leaders from all the great faiths were meeting police leaders and politicians in an attempt to cement their role in London's decision-making.

Crime and safety, and policing priorities were at the top of the agenda for the 200 faith leaders that were gathering at the Active Faith: Safer Communities consultation.

Sir Ian Blair, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and Lee Jasper, the London Mayor's policy director for equalities and policing, were due to speak at the Haringey Peace Alliance-organised event at Le Meridien Hotel in central London.

"There is growing recognition that faith groups can play, and are playing, an important role in helping to regenerate communities and neighbourhoods," said Pastor Nims Obunge, chief executive of the Peace Alliance.

"We need to explore how we can all work together to create better environments, opportunities for those in need and ways forward for communities blighted by high crime levels," he said.

The Haringey Peace Alliance was launched in 2001 to bring together church, council, community and faith leaders to address issues negatively effecting the borough.

Thursday's breakfast consultation was also being used to launch Hope For London, a document developed by the Evangelical Alliance and produced with support from the Metropolitan Police.

The document contains examples of the positive effect people of faith can make by involving themselves in projects "designed to tackle some of the basic causes of crime in the capital".

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