Mayor risking health of police and public over delay of spit guards

The Mayor has put the Metropolitan Police use of spit guards under consultation without any adequate alternative or safety precautions, said Tony Arbour at today’s policing and crime committee. Today the Met Commissioner said the only alternative to protect officers from serious infection involves the use of force against a spitting individual. The Commission also confirmed that officers have been made seriously ill from spit…

Just two drivers caught smoking in cars with children since ban

– Figures in first nine months ‘show ban is unenforceable’, says London Assembly member Just two drivers in London have been caught smoking in their car with a child since an England-wide ban was introduced last year, new figures show. The legislation was hailed as a ‘tremendous victory’ by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) when it came into force on October 1, despite critics claiming…

Hackers Could Be Costing the London Economy £35Billion a Year

A recent report has estimated that 329,000 companies in London could have experienced an online security breach, with a potential cost to the economy of over £35Billion. It also found that the vast majority of the businesses potentially affeced by security breaches, an estimated 327,000 , were small organisations with 249 employees or less. The new report Safe & Secure: Protecting London’s data proposes a…

Police car crashes on the increase in London

Data shows three-year increase in number of collisions The number of crashes involving police cars pursuing other vehicles and responding to 999 calls is on the increase in London, figures show. There were 1,748 collisions involving police vehicles responding to emergency calls between April 2015 and April 2016 – 256 more crashes than in 2013/14. In 2015/16 there were 498 collisions involving police cars pursuing…

Better reporting needed to eradicate FGM in London

– Mayor challenged to act after ‘appalling’ number of cases in capital Social workers, medical professionals and teachers need to help identify young girls at risk of FGM after an ‘appalling’ number of the crimes were reported in London. Assembly Member Andrew Boff will be challenging Boris Johnson to take decisive action after it was reported that London accounted for more than half the number…

Phone companies 'should blacklist hoax 999 callers'

– Hoax calls to the Met police tripled last year and cost the fire brigade £1.6million The Mayor of London should encourage mobile phone operators to consider blacklisting hoax emergency callers that are costing the taxpayer millions of pounds, says Conservative London Assembly member Tony Arbour. Hoax calls to the Metropolitan Police tripled over the past three years and cost London Fire Brigade £1.6million in…

Reporting rape on cash machines could detect up to 28k sex crimes in London

More than 38 rape incidents are going unreported every day in London¹, according to a new report. FOI data from the Met police shows 6,976 recorded rape incidents in the last two years (2012 and 2013) – 570 victims were male while 6,406 were female¹. However, victims did not report a further estimated 27,904 serious sex crimes (80 per cent) to police in the same…

More than one sex worker raped or attacked every day in the UK

– Nearly 1k victims in two years – Digital ‘Ugly Mugs’ database of dangerous clients secures £85k police funding There have been 922 reported crimes against sex workers in the UK in the past two years – a quarter of those (25%) were reported rapes, 39% were sexual assaults and 44% were violent attacks. London has the highest number of reported incidents totaling two a…