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.