London Knife Crime

17 Jul 19
The Night Watchman

London has fallen: crime destroys capital. Published time: 16 Jul, 2019 14:21Edited time: 16 Jul, 2019 14:45. RT As Theresa May prepares to vacate Downing Street, Britain has never appeared so broken, fragmented and rudderless. In London, long held up as one of the world’s major capital cities – a beacon of multiculturalism, dynamism, enterprise […]

16 Jul 19
News Archives Uk

Boris Johnson had been mayor of London for 115 days when the rest of the world got his first glimpse of the idiosyncratic charms. After shambling, unbuttoned his blazer, into the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing for the handover ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, he inexpertly flapped the official flag of the Games for a […]

16 Jul 19
News Archives Uk

A GANG awareness training program is being launched across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The scheme, launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, aims to raise awareness, upskill and increase confidence of front-line workers working with young people are being, or at risk of being, exploited into gangs. The training is being […]

16 Jul 19
John Finnie

Today it’s been announced there have been a record number of drug deaths in Scotland in the past year, 1,187. This number has doubled in five years. Including 67 deaths in the Highlands and Islands, up from 37 last year. It is shocking to see Scotland with the one of the worst drug death rates […]

16 Jul 19
rosslydall

Eight boroughs were today named as the worst for violent youth crime as Sadiq Khan warned that violence had “become normalised” for some young Londoners. City Hall published a detailed analysis, using police and NHS data since 2012, of the causes and extent of knife and gun crime and its links to poverty. There were […]

16 Jul 19
rosslydall

Victims of London’s knife and gun crime epidemic are being left homeless because they are too frightened to return home, doctors revealed today. Increasing numbers are receiving help from a specialist hospital team working to prevent rough sleepers and vulnerable people without a permanent address ending up back on the streets. Dr Peter Buchman, a […]

16 Jul 19
B for Bookreview

  Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends. Ten years on, they are not […]

16 Jul 19
Brexit Compliance News

News We Asked Young People What Will Stop Knife Crime In London, Here&… “Everyone used to be like, ‘Come youth club,’ but then people just stopped…Now they just go and stand outside McDonald’s,” says 17-year-old Ilham Isse, Source: “brexit” – Google News

16 Jul 19
Channel 1 Los Angeles

Monday 15 July New figures show link between violence and social inequality Mayor to deliver major speech on the impact of austerity and causes of violent crime Sadiq sets out Violence Reduction Unit funding to support schools, youth workers and young people The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today deliver a major speech on […]

16 Jul 19
The Australian

When I was a child, my mother and I were told in a supermarket to “go back where you came from”. This puzzled me greatly. My mother and I were born and bred in London. It was my first experience of anti-Jewish prejudice. The bigotry was unambiguous. Because our assailant perceived we were Jews, she was telling us we didn’t belong in Britain.

15 Jul 19
The Sun
WE are in the middle of an epidemic of knife crime, while the country remains on alert for terrorist acts committed by Islamists and Far Right groups alike. Police claim to be so overstretched that in some parts of the country they are refusing even to investigate 40 per cent of reported crimes. The Met’s Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, said he was sure the leaks had ‘damaged UK international relations’ Yet at the same time, the Metropolitan Police seem quite happy to commit resources to investigate the leaking of diplomatic cables which embarrassed Sir Kim Darroch, who, until his resignation last week, was our man in Washington. Even more bizarrely, the Met has set its Counter Terrorism Command on the operation — yes, the unit that is supposed to spend its time stopping extremists blowing us up. It has threatened journalists, too, that they face prosecution if they dare to publish the content of the cables. Trying to justify his threats, the Met’s Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, said he was sure the leaks had “damaged UK international relations” and on that basis no one publishing the leaks could plead a public interest defence. What a ludicrous over-reaction to what is really no more than a diplomatic spat over the Ferrero Rochers. Sure, it doesn’t exactly help UK/US relations when our Ambassador calls the President of the United States “inept” and his administration “uniquely dysfunctional”. But I would say it is mildly less damaging than some of the things that the Leader of Opposition, the Mayor of London and Scotland’s First Minister have said about Donald Trump. I can’t see Mr Basu dangling his handcuffs in front of them — and neither should he. IT’S NOT CRIMINAL Obviously, Sir Kim has reason to feel aggrieved that someone — presumably in the diplomatic service or the Foreign Office, because there is no evidence of computers being hacked — has leaked information he intended to be private. But it is a matter for the Government to investigate, not the police. How ridiculous Basu has said of the leaker: “You are now also responsible for diverting busy detectives from under-taking their core mission.” No, Mr Basu — it is only thanks to your decision that officers have been taken off front-line duties to undertake this investigation. You could have told officials what police officers are forever telling the rest of us when we report our houses broken into or our bikes stolen: Sorry, but we’ve got too much else to do. It would be a different matter if someone had leaked material that really did harm national security. The sort of information leaked by Kim Philby and his Soviet-sympathising accomplices in the 1950s put British lives at risk. [quote]It is what helps the Press to keep in check corrupt or over-bearing politicians and public officials[/quote] But leaking and publishing a diplomat’s private thoughts hardly comes into that category. Mr Basu’s attack on the principles of the free Press echoes Operation Elveden, the failed attempt by the Met to criminalise journalists who had obtained information from police officers, in some cases for money. The Met switched more than 60 police officers from other duties and arrested 90 people. The police probe cost taxpayers £14.7million and yet of 29 journalists charged, only one was convicted at trial — and that was quashed on appeal. Just one journalist, Dan Evans, pleaded guilty to an Elveden offence and was given a suspended sentence. The prosecutions relied on an ancient offence, Misconduct in Public Office, which was only ever supposed to apply to public servants, not journalists. As many lawyers, including the Lord Chief Justice, pointed out, it simply isn’t a criminal offence for someone to receive or to publish most forms of state information — only for a public official to sell it. There is a very good reason for this. Leaks, and the freedom to put their contents into the public domain, are an essential ingredient of our democracy. It is what helps the Press to keep in check corrupt or over-bearing politicians and public officials. Without the freedom to publish leaked information, for example, we would never have known the extent to which MPs and Lords were abusing their expenses regime. SUPPRESS OPPOSITION That required a newspaper to publish information gleaned from a computer disk which had been stolen — but thankfully in that case the Met decided that the public interest over-rode a possible offence of handling stolen goods. Without the Panama Papers we would never have known the extent to which wealthy individuals and corporations have gone into keeping their wealth out of the taxman’s grasp. Without the “climategate” leaks we would not have known how some climate scientists were prepared to manipulate past temperature records to support their theories. It took a leak, too, to establish that the Blair government knew it was unlikely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that George W Bush had resolved to overthrow Saddam regardless. Then there was “Plebgate”, when a leaked police log revealed a bust-up between government chief whip Andrew Mitchell and police manning the gates at Downing Street — and led an officer to be jailed when it was revealed he had invented his witness statement. There are, of course, plenty of other countries in the world where journalists would be locked up for publishing information that has leaked from the government, but they are not countries in which most of us would want to live. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN OPINION” posts_category=”317″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] By over-reacting to what is an embarrassment to the Foreign Office, the Met has taken a leaf out of the book of President Erdogan of Turkey, who has locked up dozens of journalists as he attempts to suppress all opposition to his regime. Neil Basu and other senior Met Police officers should back off and accept that the Press is quite within its rights to publish leaked information that does not threaten national security. We are, after all, one of the world’s oldest functioning democracies — not a tinpot state where people get led off in chains for daring to reveal the truth. Sir Kim Darroch resigned over the leaked diplomatic cables A leak helped to expose Blair’s dodgy dossier Panama Papers stories were also revealed thanks to leaks MPs’ expenses were exposed after a leak A leaked police log led to ‘Plebgate’ [bc_video video_id=”6057401517001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Boris Johnson ‘regrets’ US ambassador Sir Kim Darroch quitting and calls for leaker to be ‘run down, caught and eviscerated'”] GOT a story? 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15 Jul 19
My Year of Living Englishly

I’m going back to university. I’m going to do a PhD in Overthinking. I don’t have an undergraduate degree of any sort. (To my eternal disappointment but that’s another story.) The University Admissions Department have told me not to worry about a thing. They’ll admit me purely on my prior learning and extensive experience in […]

15 Jul 19
halfandhalf

But race is not biology; race is sociology. Race is not genotype; race is phenotype. Race matters because of racism. And racism is absurd because it’s about how you look. Not about the blood you have. It’s about the shade of your skin and the shape of your nose and the kink of your hair. […]

15 Jul 19
Metro
The Lion of London Bridge wont get a payout due to his criminal record (Picture: ITV/REX/PA) A dad who shouted ‘F*** you, I’m Millwall’ as he bravely fought off terrorists in London has been denied injury compensation Roy Larner, dubbed the ‘Lion of London Bridge’ wont get a payout from a government scheme due to his criminal record. The footie fan, 49, was repeatedly stabbed eight times in the neck, arm and chest when he confronted the attackers on the night of June 3, 2017. He was later diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety an still needs physio on damaged tendons in his left arm. Despite the long lasting damage, he wont be getting any money from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for victims of violent crime, The Sun reports. A letter from the scheme said: ‘I am sorry that you were a victim of a terrorist incident and received injuries. ‘However I regret to inform I am unable to make an award as the scheme states an award will be withheld for unspent convictions.’ Roy Larner was stabbed eight times after intervening in the attack Police officers respond to the terrorist attack which left eight people dead (Picture: AFP/Getty) The dad-of-one shows one of his wounds on Good Morning Britain (Picture: ITV/REX) Since the terrorist attack the father of one has received two suspended sentences, one for racially aggravated common assault, the other for breaching a restraint order granted to his 80-year-old mum Phyllis. The order was granted after Larner was convicted for damaging a TV set at his mum’s home in Peckham, south London. Larner, who has no permanent home and is currently crashing on a friend’s sofa, says he will appeal the rejection, citing that he has not gone to prison. He said: ‘The attacks hit me mentally. I blame what happened on that night for the legal scrapes I’ve had since. ‘I just want to re-build my life and had hoped some compensation might get me back on my feet.’ He has been denied injury compensation due to his unspent criminal convictions (Picture: PA) Emergency services rush to the scene on the night of June 3, 2017 (Picture: AFP/Getty) Larner shouted ‘F*** you I’m Millwall’ at the extremists (Picture: ITV/REX) He says he would ‘not hesitate’ in doing the same thing again despite everything that has happened. Recalling his intervention on Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘Three blokes tried to kick their way into the bar because the door was shut. ‘They entered the bar, all of a sudden they start pulling out knives, one’s trying to come to me with a knife, as I’m fighting him the other two have come to me then to help him. ‘The three of them, I’m fighting them, and at the time I’m thinking of those families and kids who need to get out of the bar. ‘It happened in about 45 seconds and as I’ve got them out they’ve been shot around me.’ ‘You don’t know who they are, what it’s about, it’s just an instant thing, a madness, but the best thing was seeing them shot around me. ‘When people enjoy themselves on a night out, you don’t want to let these people win. You don’t know who they are. It was just an instant reaction.’ [metro-tag-post-strip] [metro-fact-box id=”8027376″ title=”Got a story for Metro.co.uk?” icon=”exclamation” /]