Stop the Knife lead, London Village Network; former prisoner
Paul spent 22 years in prison after receiving a life sentence at the age of 24, he was a Category A prisoner and spent many years in the maximum security estate. Paul uses his experience to speak to young people involved in knife and gang culture. His articulate approach means that he is extremely effective at conveying the reality of ‘receiving and living’ a life sentence.
During his time in prison, Paul participated in many programmes/ courses and education. In 2016, he received a Metropolitan Police Community Commendation Award for his work in the community. He works with grassroots charity London Village Network to encourage young people to place a higher value on their life and future. London Village Network and Paul are currently delivering a 10 Estate Stop The Knife Tour funded by the Evening Standard Disposed Fund and Comic Relief.