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Met questioned on acid attacks and Grenfell criminal investigation

19 July 2017
  • 2016 saw 455 acid attacks in London. This is a 74 per cent increase on the previous year[1].
  • There were 114 acid attacks in the first four months of 2017[1].
  • In 2016, the Met brought charges in 20 per cent of cases. No suspect was found in 37 per cent of cases[1].
  • The borough of Newham has had the highest number of attacks every year for the last five years[1].

What are the Met and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) doing to tackle the rise in acid attacks?

Who are the most common perpetrators and victims of acid attacks in London?

The Met has opened a criminal investigation following the fire at Grenfell Tower. It includes examining how the building was managed and maintained; its construction; its refurbishment; and the fire safety measures in place.  What progress has been made in the investigation, the search and the recovery operation?

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow receive an update from the Met on its criminal investigation following the Grenfell Tower fire and question the Deputy Commissioner and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime about the following topics:

  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • The Mayor’s knife crime strategy
  • Access and engagement with the police

The guests are:

  • Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, MOPAC
  • Craig Mackey QPM, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

The meeting will take place on Thursday 20 July from 10.00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or YouTube

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyPolice

Notes to editors

  1. FOI publications from the Met Police, request numbers 8429, 7825 and 8477.
  2. Full Agenda papers.
  3. Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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