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 and that when an officer is spat on they have to receive unpleasant and costly medical attention.
– 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 it would be impossible to police.
Numbers obtained by Conservative London Assembly member Steve O’Connell show little is being done to catch drivers flouting the new law.
The data shows just two drivers were stopped by Met officers in the first nine months of the ban, despite the BLF claiming last year that more than 430,000 children were being exposed to second-hand smoke in cars every week.
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 new ‘Mayoral Standard’ for data security to help protect London consumers and businesses and from data theft.
This standard would allow companies that comply with a set list of security requirements to receive a stamp of approval. This would help companies keep up to date with security best practices, but also help provide piece of mind to consumers.
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 other vehicles – an increase of 64 crashes on the previous year.
– 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 of FGM cases nationwide.
Between July and September last year, 758 new incidents were reported to the Metropolitan Police, compared to 1,385 nationwide.
– 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 2015, showed figures obtained by Assembly Member Arbour in a recent written question to the Mayor of London.
London Fire Brigade attended more than 1,257 malicious false alarms last year, wasting over 2,387 attendance hours.
The Met meanwhile received 3,671 hoax calls by October 2015, a near 300 per cent rise from the 1,259 it handled in 2012. The statistics also showed 811 hoax calls cost the London Ambulance Service £152,000 in 2014.
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 two year period².
– 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 week at 210. The North West region received 176 reports and the West Midlands 164.
The successful ‘Ugly Mugs’ scheme, which has been running for two years, has now secured £85k funding from UK police forces – £20k of which has come from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Met, thanks to persistent campaigning by GLA Conservative Andrew Boff. The scheme costs £120k a year to run.
· Hundreds of crooks avoid court on multiple occasions
· ‘Written explanation of decisions will answer to victims’
London: 29,560 cautions were handed out to criminals by the Met, the UK’s biggest police force, in 2013/14¹.
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