The British actor Idris Elba has spoken out about the menace of knife crimeCredit:Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Knife crime has risen rapidly in Elba’s native London in recent years, resulting in the deaths of scores of young men across the capital. Jodie Chesney, 17, who was fatally stabbed in a park in Romford, east London on March 1, 2019 His statement comes as Manuel Petrovic, 20, from Romford, was charged with the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in East London. Another man remains in custody in connection with the attack of the Girl Scout in Harold Hill, East London.Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Ayub Hassan, 17, in West Kensington, West London. A 17-year-old boy has been bailed pending further enquiries regarding the attack on the Somalian teenager that took place in broad daylight. Idris Elba in the BBC series LutherCredit:Des Willie/BBC Ayub Hassan who was named locally as the the 17 year-old boy that was stabbed in West Kensington and later died in hospital Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Entertainers, do me a favour man, put out similar videos, let’s try and put out something and say that we care for our communities. Stop the knife crime, please.” “Because you’re just going to stab your future if you go and stab someone else. You become a murderer, you go to prison, you ain’t got s***. For what? For some beef that lives within your community. You need to see past that.” Expressing the urgent need for a shift in attitude towards knife crime to come from the communities where youngsters are most likely to carry such weapons, he added: “Waiting for the police to do something isn’t a real solution, we cannot wait for that. We need to make noise in protest about the dumb stabbings, out of respect for the dead and to protect the living.” Elba, the star of the Luther television series, also posted a number of statistics alongside his impassioned plea for action, including claims there were more than 14,000 knife-related offences in London alone in 2017/18.He added: “We have to say something about it as well, entertainers that are out there, there’s young people that look up to us, man, we need to just vocalise this. Send a message out saying put the knives down. It’s dumb. It’s dumb.”We don’t need to be killing ourselves. We have so much more we can offer. And you’re going to kill your future, you’re going to kill someone else’s future, and it’s dumb. The actor Idris Elba has issued a passionate plea to young people carrying knives to stop making their communities “look stupid”.The 46-year-old television star who grew up in Hackney, East London, posted a video online urging those tempted to stab someone to instead turn the blade on themselves “because you’re stabbing your future”.As he called on other celebrities to speak out about “dumb stabbings,” he said there was an urgent need to “send a message out saying put the knives down”. In the clip he posted to his millions of followers on Instagram, he said: “Knife crime is not new. I grew up in the 80s and there was knife crime back then, between blacks and white, and now it’s definitely between young black men in small, tiny communities.”And it’s affecting everyone, we all look stupid. You look even more stupid, if you’ve got a knife, or you know someone that’s got a knife, tell them to stab themselves right now, trust me.
BARACK OBAMA FAMOUSLY landed himself in hot water for joining in with the Danish Prime Minister on a ‘selfie’ earlier this year. Eamon Gilmore even tried his hand at the ‘craze’ that’s been sweeping the planet (it’s the word of the year, you know) in a slightly more dignified pic at the Mandela memorial service. And now, it appears, Martin McGuinness is the latest political leader to try his hand at self-photography. The Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister snapped the above photo in his native Derry on Christmas Day, before posting it on Twitter with the message:Derry Walls y’day. Photographer? Me. And yes, the poodle really is called ‘Buttons’.Proof:At least, we’re pretty sure it’s a poodle. Anyone out there work for Crufts?Update: The readers have spoken — and we’re now pretty certain it’s a Bichon Frisé.Read: Gerry Adams: I don’t mind if people think my tweeting is weird