Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman in the Chair): Assembly Member Arnold?
Jennette Arnold OBE AM: Chair, thank you for bringing me in. Mr Mayor, we have touched on this briefly but I did not have time to really put a full call to you. You talked earlier about the mixture of solutions. Can I just say that I welcome the support that you have given to the Ben Kinsella Trust and the work that it does in terms of the education package it delivers across London? Members will remember that Ben was tragically murdered in the week of his 16th birthday on 28 June 2008.
I am calling on you for a knife amnesty. If you cannot commit to seeing it across London, let me just say why it should be targeted and let me speak firstly about my constituency. In the last year, what we have seen in my constituency is we have seen seven young people under 25 murdered on our streets because of knife crime. That is certainly by itself an awful number that we all regret, but there have been 15 murders across London so far this year. In 2014, there was a total of just 11. It is not ‘just’ because every life matters but there were 11 deaths.