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Stop and search stepped up in London to cut knife crime

Sadiq Khan today announced a ‘significant increase’ in stop and search in a new bid to cut knife crime.

The Mayor’s action follows four fatal stabbings in London in just 24 hours over New Year.

But the move was immediately condemned by some community leaders who warned of an increase in tensions.

Rising levels of violent crime saw 20 London teenagers stabbed to death during 2017.

The mayor and senior police officers are under increasing pressure to devise new tactics to halt the epidemic.

Londoners will see a tougher crackdown throughout 2018. This will include a significant increase in the use of targeted stop and search by the police across our city.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

Our community historically has detested its use because it has no value and all it is is a blunt weapon that the police use to batter our community over the head with. They use it to create problems and criminalise people.

– STAFFORD SCOTT, THE MONITORING GROUP