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Mayor’s real record in tackling knife crime has fallen far short of his rhetoric – Caroline Pidgeon

March 16, 2016 5:37 PM
Originally published by London Assembly Liberal Democrats

At Boris Johnson's last Mayor's Question Time Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group examined the Mayor's real record in tackling knife crime over his two terms of office.

The Mayor made tackling knife crime one of his key pledges back in 2008, claiming he would lead the "fightback" against violent crime.

However official crime figures show that after an initial fall in teenagers killed from stabbings the figures have been creeping back upwards, with 15 teenagers killed last year. More widely recorded violent offences against people have significantly increased since 2008.

Commenting on the Mayor's record Caroline Pidgeon said:

"In the last three years London has a 26% increase in violence with injury offences, a 20% increase in serious youth violence offences and a 15% increase in knife crime with injury offences."

"When you look at the facts it is quite clear that the Mayor's real record in tackling knife crime and other violence offences has fallen far short of his rhetoric.

"Sadly far more action could have been taken over the last eight to prevent stabbings and other violent offences."

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. Details of Boris Johnson's pledge to fight back against crime:

http://news.sky.com/story/601764/boris-vows-to-fight-back-against-crime

2. Violence against the person incidents since May 2008. Figures from the London Datastore:

May-08

15,970

Jun-08

16,022

Jul-08

16,385

Aug-08

14,584

Sep-08

13,869

Oct-08

14,546

Nov-08

14,185

Dec-08

13,238

Jan-09

13,593

Feb-09

13,066

Mar-09

15,208

Apr-09

14,213

May-09

15,774

Jun-09

15,809

Jul-09

15,345

Aug-09

15,026

Sep-09

14,193

Oct-09

14,798

Nov-09

14,312

Dec-09

13,351

Jan-10

13,535

Feb-10

13,091

Mar-10

15,171

Apr-10

14,413

May-10

15,497

Jun-10

15,711

Jul-10

16,046

Aug-10

13,905

Sep-10

13,702

Oct-10

13,895

Nov-10

12,969

Dec-10

11,893

Jan-11

12,695

Feb-11

11,947

Mar-11

13,225

Apr-11

13,383

May-11

13,596

Jun-11

13,602

Jul-11

13,966

Aug-11

12,842

Sep-11

12,469

Oct-11

13,284

Nov-11

12,627

Dec-11

11,748

Jan-12

11,994

Feb-12

11,226

Mar-12

13,139

Apr-12

12,134

May-12

13,827

Jun-12

13,137

Jul-12

13,748

Aug-12

13,686

Sep-12

12,479

Oct-12

12,579

Nov-12

12,181

Dec-12

12,130

Jan-13

11,565

Feb-13

10,464

Mar-13

11,757

Apr-13

11,564

May-13

12,452

Jun-13

12,595

Jul-13

14,181

Aug-13

12,675

Sep-13

11,965

Oct-13

13,095

Nov-13

12,929

Dec-13

12,823

Jan-14

12,891

Feb-14

12,195

Mar-14

14,546

Apr-14

13,719

May-14

15,528

Jun-14

16,664

Jul-14

17,594

Aug-14

15,974

Sep-14

16,897

Oct-14

17,465

Nov-14

17,268

Dec-14

16,537

Jan-15

16,320

Feb-15

15,609

Mar-15

17,843

Apr-15

16,626

May-15

18,964

Jun-15

19,345

Jul-15

19,963

Aug-15

18,679

Sep-15

18,494

Oct-15

20,089

Nov-15

19,427

Dec-15

19,267

Jan-16

18,347

http://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/metropolitan-police-service-recorded-crime-figures-and-associated-data

3. Caroline Pidgeon's report on knife crime in London

file:///C:/Users/mmorris/Downloads/to-the-point-an-investigation-into-london-s-knife-crime-problem.pdf