Knife Crime in Hillingdon

MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide a breakdown of knife crime with injury offences in the borough of Hillingdon for the last four years.  Please provide a break down by month.


Answer for Knife Crime in Hillingdon

Answer for Knife Crime in Hillingdon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please find attached as Appendix B Knife Crime with Injury offences in Hillingdon for the last 4 rolling years (Dec 2011 - November 2015).

In the most recent rolling year (to November 2015) there has been no change to the number of offences compared to the previous rolling year.  Offence volume in Hillingdon varies by month, and in November 2015 there were 13 offences compared to 2 offences for the previous month, however, overall volume is quite low.

There is a huge amount of activity that MOPAC and the MPS are doing to combat knife crime, spending £6.8m this year and undertaking over 10,000 weapons sweeps. Our comprehensive approach tackles the issue of knife crime from every angle - prevention, intervention and enforcement. This includes:

       Prevention - A gangs prevention programme which will support young people excluded from school and at risk of becoming involved in gang related activity.

       Prevention and intervention - Redthread service in trauma centres to provide youth intervention services when victims of serious youth violence present at A&E.

       Intervention - London Gangs Exit and Resettlement Service to deliver a comprehensive gang intervention and exit service across all London boroughs in conjunction with the London CRC.

       Intervention and enforcement - Shield Group Violence Intervention model is being piloted in Lambeth, Haringey and Westminster to hold all gang members accountable for crime committed by their peers.

       Enforcement - Operation Teal and Equinox: MPS operations to knife crime and tackle violent crime including knife crime in night time activities including visible patrols and weapon sweeps and targeting habitual knife carriers.

Please also see my answers to oral MQs 3989 and 4243.