Police and crime plan

Assembly seeks answers to weekend of violence

05 March 2019

London has seen at least 18 homicides this year, two of which happened last weekend.


In response to this latest violence and ahead of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee meeting tomorrow with the Deputy Commissioner of the Met Police and Deputy Mayor for Policing, the committee Chairman, Steve O’Connell AM, said:

“Any loss of life to knife crime in London is senseless and heartbreaking for everyone in involved. Young Londoners are the future of this great city and we must do our best to protect them from all forms of danger but especially knife violence.


“Our meeting tomorrow will look for answers from the Deputy Commissioner of the Met Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC) on what they’re doing to avoid the massive spike in violence we saw at this time last year.


“Everything must be done to tackle the horrific and unsustainable level of knife crime in London.”


Notes to editors

  1. Steve O’Connell, Chairman of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  2. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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