Faith communities are pulling together in the battle against serious violence.

More than 100 representatives from different religions will gather in Bradford to create a co-ordinated response to the problem.

The event is being led by the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP) - made up of specialists in health, policing, local authorities, education, youth work, and much more. 

VRP Director, Det Ch Supt Lee Berry said there is a great potential to make a difference.

“Faith leaders are uniquely placed to help influence young people on issues of community safety and serious violence,” said the director.

“By holding this multi-faith event, we hope to strengthen our partnerships, delivering consistent and co-ordinated messages that will help change lives.

“It is important that we collectively have these conversations, recognising what more can be done to support those at risk of harm.”

West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE, is also a national Policing lead for Race Disparities Equality & Human Rights. 

The deputy mayor said: “Faith is an essential vehicle for encouraging change, promoting safety, and delivering the support which our communities need.

“I hope this event will be a catalyst for uncovering new opportunities and solutions to serious violence.”

The discussion is set to take place on Monday, February 26.