United over knife amnesty

Political ri­vals both back fresh bid to get weapons off the streets

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON’S Lon­don As­sem­bly mem­ber is back­ing calls for a knife amnesty in the cap­i­tal af­ter 15 teenagers were fa­tally stabbed last year.

Dr Onkar Sa­hota said the pro­posal from his Lon­don Labour Party, which Mayor Boris John­son and Metropoli­tan po­lice com­mis­sioner Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe have promised to con­sider, could help to get more weapons off the streets.

There was an eight per cent in­crease in knife in­ci­dents (3,665 in­ci­dents) across Lon­don last year with nearly half in­volv­ing young peo­ple. Hilling­don saw a 10 per cent rise in in­ci­dents.

Dr Sa­hota said: “With both the Mayor and Com­mis­sioner now agree­ing to look at our pro­pos­als for a knife amnesty, we’re one step closer to get­ting more of th­ese weapons off the streets where they can do so much dam­age.

“Whilst an amnesty is only part of the so­lu­tion, it’s im­por­tant the Mayor recog­nises the pos­i­tive im­pact al­low­ing peo­ple to hand over their knives with­out fear of pros­e­cu­tion.”

Mayor John­son, who is also MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip said in De­cem­ber that the amnesty should be con­sid­ered.”

When asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of an amnesty at a Lon­don As­sem­bly Po­lice and Crime Com­mit­tee the Code Of Prac­tice as en­forced by IPSO who are con­tactable for ad­vice at In­de­pen­dent Press Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Gate House, 1 Far­ring­don Street, Lon­don EC4M 7LG. Web­site http://www.ipso.co. uk/ Tele­phone: 0300 123 2220 email ad­vice@ipso.co.uk fol­low­ing day, Mr Ho­ganHowe con­firmed “we’re hav­ing a look at how we might do this”.

West Dray­ton coun­cil­lor Do­minic Gil­ham, who is

If you have a com­plaint con­cern­ing a po­ten­tial breach of the Code of Prac­tice, we will deal with your com­plaint di­rectly or IPSO can re­fer your com­plaint to us.

Please go to http://www. trin­i­tymir­ror.com/ how­to­com­plain where you con­test­ing Dr Sa­hota’s Eal­ing & Hilling­don seat for the Con­ser­va­tives at the Lon­don As­sem­bly elec­tions in May, said he would also sup­port a knife amnesty.

He added: “This was a cross party pro­posal. I am very much aware of the con­cerns of res­i­dents and un­for­tu­nately the be­reaved fam­i­lies of loved ones lost due to knife crime.

“The mes­sage not to carry a blade needs to shouted. The knife they hold can eas­ily be turned on them with fa­tal con­se­quences.

“We need to speak out against those who feel the need to carry a knife. It not hip or cool.” can view our Com­plaints Pol­icy and Pro­ce­dure. A “How To Com­plain” pack is also avail­able by writ­ing to the Le­gal and Com­pli­ance Depart­ment, Trin­ity Mir­ror PLC, One Canada Square, Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don E14 5AP.

n COM­MON CAUSE: Coun­cil­lor Do­minic Gil­ham (left) and Lon­don As­sem­bly mem­ber Dr Onkar Sa­hota back the knife amnesty pro­posal

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