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Stop and search shake-up should spearhead overhaul of knife crime strategy in London

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– Just 15 per cent of stop and searches currently target knife crime, compared with 60 per cent for drugs
– Report author Shaun Bailey wants greater focus on knives

A refocusing of stop and search on finding knives instead of drugs should spearhead a complete overhaul of knife crime strategy in London, according to a comprehensive new report.

‘Londoners’ Lives Matter’, by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey, points to figures showing just 15 per cent of stop and searches are currently motivated by a search for blades, with 60 per cent related to drugs.

The report also points out that young black males are ten times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs than young white males, despite black males statistically being half as likely to use drugs.

Mr Bailey wants to see police refocus their efforts away from petty drug offences and to carry out more knife searches on individuals – an approach he believes communities historically opposed to stop and search want to see.

The report also calls for:

  • A focused approach on youth violence with the production of a five to ten-year prevention strategy with tangible targets and regular progress monitoring
  • Adoption of a public health strategy, such as the ‘Glasgow model’, which the report suggests could cut knife crime in London by a third
  • Increased intelligence gathering through social media of building tensions between known groups
  • Ad campaigns encouraging families to talk about knife crime
  • Hard-hitting social media campaign led by Mayor
  • Pilot of new AI technologies like Smart CCTV
  • Improved access to business CCTV for police reacting to violent street incidents

The report is proposed as a comprehensive approach to tackling knife crime in London, designed to replace the Mayor’s current Knife Crime Strategy, which Mr Bailey says is not working.

London Assembly member Shaun Bailey said: “Knife crime destroys families, fractures communities and puts a stain on our city. Unfortunately, the Mayor’s policies are having no impact and we must seek a new approach.

“Trust among the black community around stop and search is low. With the number of people being patted down for petty drugs offences, when the statistics show the black community is far less likely to be using drugs, it is clear why.

“I do believe though there is a desire for increased searches if they focus on knives and not drugs. This refocus should be the catalyst for a major overhaul of our approach to knife crime. My approach pulls in the best elements of schemes like the one in Glasgow, utilises social media intelligence gathering to prevent knife attacks and calls for a major long-term strategy that could help cut stabbings in the capital by a third.


“With 80 people killed last year, this goes way beyond party politics and I am urging the Mayor to work with me to address the shortcomings in the current strategy.”



* Shaun Bailey is a London-wide Conservative Assembly Member
* A full copy of the report is attached

The report: "Londoners’ Lives Matter – Reversing the rise in knife crime" can be accessed at: www.glaconservatives.co.uk/llm/

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Grenfell anniversary: Statement from Kensington London Assembly Member Tony Devenish

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Statement regarding the Grenfell National Fire Memorial Service – St Paul's Cathedral – Thursday 14th December 2017

Tony Devenish, London Assembly member for West Central (Kensington), said:

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Mayor ‘wasting potential for 27,000 homes in Housing Zones’ with industrial land regulations

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  • 491 hectares of industrial land in Housing Zones could be built on, says Andrew Boff AM
  • Sites currently protected as Strategic Industrial Land
  • Most is sitting vacant or largely under-used
  • Mayor’s London Plan increases regulations around industrial land


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Hodge ordered to apologise to Parliament as Boff complaint upheld

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Dame Margaret Hodge has today been ordered to apologise by the Commissioner for Parliamentary Standards, after an investigation prompted by a complaint by London Assembly Member Andrew Boff.

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Khan "allowing himself to be distracted by the glittering lights of the international stage"

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Assembly Member Gareth Bacon responded to the appointment reported in today's Evening Standard article saying:

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Olympic Stadium reaction: Statement from Andrew Boff AM

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Commenting on this morning’s announcement on the future of the London Stadium, London Assembly member Andrew Boff said:


“The report establishes that this project was fundamentally flawed from the 2007 decision to include an athletics track that could not be converted for a footballing future.

“That bound the hands of the OPDC and LLDC in terms of who they could pitch the stadium to and ultimately left politicians desperate to get it used and open to any offers.

“Boris is blamed for not making the right decision on the stadium but there was no right decision to make.

“Sadiq Khan has had 18 months to take charge but has delayed and delayed, especially in the production of this report. My concern now is the taxpayer will continue to fuel this sinking ship unless the right decisions are taken.”



Rats epidemic in London: More than 100 complaints recorded by councils every day, new report shows

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  • London boroughs received 180,000 mouse and rat complaints in past five years
  • Reports rose ten per cent in 2016/17 compared to previous year
  • Tower Hamlets alone recorded 30,000 complaints since 2012
  • Evidence suggests conditions in London will get even better for rodents
  • ‘Rat Land’ report calls on the Mayor and local authorities to take action
  • Read the full report here


London councils received over 180,000 complaints about rats and mice over the past five years – more than 100 per day – a new report by Susan Hall AM shows.

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London Plan reaction: ‘Sadiq Khan has declared war on the suburbs’

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  • Protection for gardens against development scrapped
  • Removal of limits on density of new homes
  • No targets for number of family-sized homes
  • Squeeze on parking spaces to impact outer London
  • 50% affordable housing claim is only ‘strategic target’
  • ‘Entire approach signals downgrading in quality of capital’s housing’


Sadiq Khan has ‘declared war on the suburbs’ with a London Plan that will leave outer boroughs ‘browner, overcrowded and harder to get around’.

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