Mayor of London to host summit today to discuss violent crime

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The mayor of London is hosting a cross-party summit today to discuss rising violent crime in the capital.

Politicians from all parties will be attending, while police commissioner Cressida Dick, home secretary Amber Rudd, and deputy mayor for policing Sophie Linden will be speaking.

Sadiq Khan will announce measures to tackle the causes of violent crime, including closer partnerships with schools and an increase in youth workers in trauma centres and A&E.

The summit will be for politicians and police only, with no community groups, ex-gang members or bereaved families invited.

He said: “The Home Office’s own research has shown that police cuts have played a role in the increase in violent crime across Britain, but it’s not the only cause and policing can’t be the only solution.

“We need a relentless focus on preventing violent crime from happening in the first place, and tackling the causes of crime. In addition, new funding from City Hall will allow targeted work by the police.

“It is clear that this government does not value young Londoners but I’m determined to invest in them, with tens of millions of pounds for activities to support them.

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“We will only tackle the scourge of violent crime by getting to grips with its root causes.”

The mayor will bring in more ‘Safer School Officers’ and every school and college in the capital will be offered a knife wand. Ofsted are also conducting research on how schools can stop children joining gangs.

He’s also pledged to put more youth workers in trauma centres and A&E departments, and through the £45 million ‘Young Londonders Fund’, youth clubs and community groups can apply for extra funding.

But later today, the mayor will be attending a round table discussion in Parliament, hosted by Jeremy Corbyn and attended by shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, police officers and experts from organisations tackling gang crime.

A leaked home office document yesterday showed police cuts have “likely contributed” to a rise in violent crime levels. More than 50 people have been killed in violent attacks in London in 2018.