Tak­ing ac­tion on knife crime

Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Say -

I COM­PLETELY agree that we must do ev­ery­thing we can to com­bat vi­o­lent crime on our streets.

How­ever, I take is­sue with crit­i­cism of the Mayor by my Lon­don Assem­bly col­league, Steve O’Con­nell AM, who says Londoners “need more than an ad cam­paign”.

Mr O’Con­nell has also called for the Mayor to stop blam­ing cen­tral gov­ern­ment, skirt­ing the fact our po­lice force has been sub­jected to £600mil­lion in cuts, with more to come.

There is a real dan­ger that Londoners are be­ing fed a mis­con­cep­tion that the Mayor and the Met have not taken ac­tion to tackle vi­o­lent crime.

The re­al­ity is that Sadiq has been the first Mayor of Lon­don to pub­lish a ded­i­cated Knife Crime strat­egy, has pledged an ex­tra £110 mil­lion in the Met to keep up po­lice num­bers, and has also in­tro­duced a £45 mil­lion ‘Young Londoners Fund’ to pre­vent the most vul­ner­a­ble kids in our cap­i­tal be­com­ing caught in crime.

The Met have also launched their new spe­cial­ist vi­o­lent crime task­force and have been suc­cess­ful in re­mov­ing thou­sands of weapons off our streets through Oper­a­tion Scep­tre. T

The crit­i­cisms from Mr O’Con­nell, who was speak­ing in a per­sonal ca­pac­ity, could be con­sid­ered ir­re­spon­si­ble at a time when the Gov­ern­ment have con­tin­u­ally re­fused to prop­erly fund our po­lice ser­vices, even dur­ing a pe­riod of cri­sis. Onkar Sa­hota Lon­don Assem­bly mem­ber

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