January 12, 2018
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has performed a U-turn on his campaign promise to end “stop and search”, stating his Metropolitan Police will “significantly increase” their use of the powers in an attempt to crackdown on the city’s surging knife crime problem.
Before being elected in 2015, Mr. Khan promised to “do everything in my power to cut stop and search” if he became Mayor. On Thursday, however, he admitted it was a “vital tool for police to keep our communities safe”.
The change of tone comes just over a week after data revealed surging levels of violent crime in London last year – homicides were up 27.1 per cent, with youth homicides up 70 per cent, and serious youth violence up 19 per cent.
Robberies also rose by 33.4 per cent and burglaries by 18.7 per cent under Mr. Khan’s watch in 2016/7.
This article was posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:58 am