New Year honour for teenage campaigner

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A 17-year-old who founded a campaign to end youth violence after a friend was murdered, is among the youngest people on the New Year Honours list.

Jeremiah Emmanuel, who is awarded the British Empire Medal, began volunteering aged just four.

At 13 he set up One Big Community to help young people find solutions to violence in their communities.

He said the death of his friend, not far from his home in Brixton, south London, had been "a call to action".

Too many local people had been affected by stabbings and shootings, he said.

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