Tackling knife crime across London

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that last month recorded knife crime offence figures in London were the highest they have been in 12 months and the recent tragic death of 15 year old Alan Cartwright in Islington will you now consider taking action to tackle this important issue?  Will you agree to hold a summit on this issue with Borough Commanders, Hospital Trusts with major trauma centres and external stakeholders such as the Ben Kinsella Trust, Lives Not Knives and Peabody Young People Services?


Answer for Tackling knife crime across London

Answer for Tackling knife crime across London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Data from the most recent financial year to date shows a 6.8% reduction in knife crime offences from 8,583 in 2013/14, to 8,000 in 2014/15.

Reducing knife crime is a key aim of the London Crime Reduction Board's Strategic Ambitions for London - Gangs and Serious Youth Violence.

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is in regular contact with a wide range of stakeholders to tackle this issue of knife crime across London. Recent meetings include: Major Trauma Centres and Redthread on the 17 of February; visiting the Ben Kinsella exhibition in Islington on the 22 January; and learning more about the work of the Air Ambulance at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on the 23rd January.