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Newham tops list of hit and runs, new report shows

PUBLISHED: 11:10 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:43 28 November 2016

The scene of a hit and run in East Ham earlier this month

The scene of a hit and run in East Ham earlier this month

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There were 328 incidents in 2015, of which 19 were serious.

The shocking numbers, collected by London Assembly member Sian Berry, show a 60 per cent increase in the number of hit and runs across London since 2009 with 4,945 Londoners being injured by hit and run drivers in 2015 alone.

Ms Berry said: “This is a real epidemic that needs real action from the police.

“Londoners are being killed and injured yet we don’t even know whether hit and run drivers are being brought to justice.”

Neighbouring Tower Hamlets had the second highest number of hit-and-run crashes at 326 incidents while the borough of Merton saw the largest percentage increase between 2011 and 2015 at 149pc.

In response to Ms Berry’s questions about the number of prosecutions of hit and run drivers, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is reported to have said that limits within the Met Police’s current counting system made it “not possible to report the number of cases subject to prosecution.”

Ms Berry’s rebuke to the mayor suggested that he “needs to ensure the police enforce the rules of the road”.

She said: “People need to believe that if they run away from a crash they will face consequences.

“I am very disappointed the Met is still not able to provide data on the rate of prosecutions.

“Replacing unfit systems must be a priority.”

Hit and runs are also linked to other crimes including drink driving, speeding, driving while disqualified and using a vehicle without insurance.

“We need to know how effective the police are in dealing with these crimes and be able to prioritise work to tackle it.”

In a statement a Met spokeswoman said: “The Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command is working hard to reduce collisions and the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads.

“The Met is dedicated to enforcing the law in regard to London’s roads.

“All road incidents, including hit-and-runs, are fully investigated with the utmost priority.

“We are unable to report on the prosecution rate due to the limits of our current IT systems.

“However, we will be able to report this detail for all fail-to-stop collision prosecutions from 2017.”

Out of the 4,945 people hurt in hit and runs last year, 11 of those died and 287 had serious injuries.


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