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Many churches joined forces at the weekend as hundreds of people marched through Croydon town centre in a bid to highlight the increasing levels of crime.

The rally, which was attended by various church leaders from across south London, saw around 400 people march through the town, as well as pray, on Sunday afternoon (April 29).

Those who attended the march say it was a rally of “peace, love and unity” held in response to the growing number of incidents of knife crime not just in Croydon, but across the country.

“It was a rally in response to the many stabbings in the area. We just want to stand in unity and say we are here to bring a change.”

Sephora, who lives in Greenwich, said the service at the Hilton was attended by more than 1,000 people attend, with many then making their way to the rally in the town centre at around 4 pm.

After meeting in Queen’s Gardens, the group walked up to Centrale shopping centre, before heading home at around 6 pm.

“There needs to be some sort of unity and peace within Croydon,” Sephora said.

“It sometimes takes a bunch of people who want to provide a solution and that is what we are trying to do.

We were saying ‘this is who we are’, we gather as young people and we do so in peace, unity, and love.

“I think everyone was shocked as there was an amazing atmosphere. The young people at the rally were excited and so were the bystanders.

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