Police officers and councillors will lead a discussion on violent crime in their area to help ease public fears.

It is part of Brent Council’s latest ‘time to talk’ event, which will centre on plans to make the borough a safer place.

The council said it wants to hear from members of the public – particularly young people – about their concerns around crime so it can help find solutions.

It added that there will be the chance to dispel any myths around the level of violence in the region.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “We’re working hard, with the police, to address violence on our streets and make Brent an even safer place to live.

“But just as it takes a village to raise a child, we need the whole community to work together to put a stop to this behaviour.

“Headlines don’t always tell the full story, but they do focus minds. We want to harness the strong emotions people rightly feel about street violence and see if we can find solutions together.”

Brent, and the wider region of north-west London, has experienced a series of high-profile violent incidents this year.

A man was shot dead in Wembley in July, while another man was stabbed to death in Harlesden in April.

But the council pointed out that, in the past 12 months, the number of knife-related crimes in the borough have dropped by 31 per cent.

Cllr Tom Miller, responsible for community safety at Brent Council, has previously said the council is “committed to further campaign work focused on stopping bloodshed on our streets”.

The ‘time to talk’ event will be held at Roundwood Youth Centre, in Longstone Avenue, on August 22 from 7pm to 9pm.