Young person injuries

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0955
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The London Ambulance Service records 900 young person injuries via shooting or stabbing, a 100 increase on last year, while MOPAC records a decrease in gang-related crime over the same period. Which is right?

Answer

Answer for Young person injuries

Answer for Young person injuries

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MOPAC Gangs and Serious Youth Violence dashboard shows that gang flagged crimes have reduced. There were 1,809 offences recorded in April 2013, compared to 1,575 offences recorded in February 2015.

It is not possible to compare gang related crime to youth crime or indeed injuries, as gang crimes are defined as 'events where any individual believes that there is a link to the activities of a gang or gangs. 'Therefore not all persons injured via shooting or stabbing would be deemed as gang related.

There has been success in tackling weapon-enabled crime like gun use and possession and knife crime across the MPS. Performance for the rolling year (March 2014 - February 2015) when compared to the same period last year indicates that there were 67 fewer gun crimes. Knife crime has also consistently shown a downward trend, with 737 fewer crimes committed in the rolling year.