Mr Mayor, thank you for the work you are doing to tackle violent crime. The VRU is going to make really great headway, but residents in my constituency were really concerned recently because ‑ to tackle this, you really need the buy‑in from the local community ‑ the MPS had released some information that they were proposing some armed patrols in residential areas. Understandably, that has caused great concern.
Did you have concerns about that because I believe they has been inadequate consultation? Secondly, do you understand that such patrols may increase fear and distrust rather than provide reassurance if they are done incorrectly?