How many more young Londoners will have to lose their lives to knife crime before Labour’s City Hall takes effective action?
Knife crime rose by 31.3% in London between 2015/16 and 2016/17, according to figures from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, from 10,724 in 2015/16 to 14,076 in 2016/17. ‘Knife crime with injury’ is up 20.7%, and overall crime in London was up by 5.6% - or 42,775 more offences - last year.
On New Year's Eve, we sadly saw four fatal stabbings in London, taking the total number of fatal stabbings in our city to 80 in 2017.
In the years before the Labour Party took control of London’s City Hall, the numbers had fallen significantly. Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration got the numbers down to between 10 and 15 deaths of young people per year, from over 30.
But now the Labour Mayor of London has broken his promise to "maintain the strategic target of 32,000 police officers across London". He has admitted that this target “has gone” - next year London will only have an average of 30,000 police officers. Just another to add to Labour's long and growing list of broken pledges.
Councillor Joe Carlebach, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Conservatives, said:
"Four more young lives were needlessly lost over the New Year to knife crime. These young men, like all victims of knife crime, will now only live on in the memories of their families and friends.
This is now beyond anything that could be defined as reasonable unacceptable (for me, zero lives lost to knife crime is acceptable) Move to separate sentence before Yet another and yet those in power in City Hall seem at a complete loss as to how to address this issue and bring it back under any semblance of control. Remove. Yet another example of London Labour failing.
How many more young Londoners have to lose their lives so brutally to knife crime before effective action is finally taken?
Londoners deserve better than this."