Mother of man killed by ISIS to speak at Knock Out Extremism event
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The mother of a British man who was killed fighting for ISIS will be the guest speaker at a boxing event in Peterborough which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of extremism and radicalisation.
Nicola Benyahia MBE, from Birmingham, whose 19-year-old son Rasheed was killed in Syria in November 2015, will tell her story at the Knock Out Extremism event on Saturday, 1 October, at Queen Katherine Academy.
Amateur boxing clubs from all over the country will compete for the best-performing boxer and win the Knock Out Extremism Trophy for 2022.
Knock Out Extremism is a joint initiative between the eastern region’s counter terrorism policing unit and Peterborough Police Boxing Club.
The project provides an opportunity to educate those running and attending boxing clubs on the signs of radicalisation.
Detective Inspector Paul Harris, a co-founder of Knock Out Extremism, said: “Boxing clubs are well-placed in the heart of communities and they are a great way to educate and promote the Prevent programme, aimed at stopping people from becoming radicalised.
“Knock Out Extremism aims to inspire confidence and open a conversation around a topic that is very sensitive.
“The 11 to 24 age group is the most vulnerable to radicalisation so utilising boxing clubs, as an educational tool along with possible intervention in a partnership with England Boxing and Prevent ambassador Natasha Jonas, is an excellent way to spread this message positively and address all forms of radicalisation.
“The Knock Out Extremism Trophy will showcase boxers from all over Britain and also highlight extremism, radicalisation and the associated dangers, with our brilliant guest speakers.”
As well as being an ambassador for the Prevent programme, boxer Natasha Jonas, the current WBO female junior middleweight and WBC super-welterweight champion, will also be speaking at the event.
Doors open at 2.30pm with the first bout at 3.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased on the door and cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.