Arsenal FC’s Abou Diaby supports anti-gang crime charity auction

18:30 05 February 2013

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Abou Diaby at the fundraiser. Picture: Met Police

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Abou Diaby at the fundraiser. Picture: Met Police


Arsenal footballer Abou Diaby joined London’s top police officer and more than 100 others to support a charity auction in west London.

The event was organised by the midfielder’s foundation and the Association of Muslim Police (AMP) to raise awareness of the problems posed by gang culture.

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, outgoing Harrow Borough Commander Dal Babu, and West Area Commander Mak Chisty enjoyed performances from the likes of Abdullah Rolle, Sunnah Poems and Eshaan.

Diaby donated a signed Arsenal shirt and match tickets. Around £5,000 are expected to be raised for Mothers Against Gangs.

Association of Muslim Police vice-chairman Sayed Baharun said the night was a success.

“We were able to raise awareness about important issues that affect our neighbourhoods and communities.

“As police officers it’s important that we work with the community at all levels and this event has showcased what can be achieved.

“It was fantastic that all sections of the community came together including MPs, poets, AMP members as well as a Premiership footballer and the Commissioner. It’s essential that we all continue to work together. On behalf of the AMP we would like to thank Orphans in Need, the Abou Diaby Foundation, Islamic Relief and Muslim Aid for their support in this fantastic event.

The AMP was set up to help promote better understanding of Islam and improve police work with the community.

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