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Mayor warns of 'possible spike' in murder rate during school holidays

Violent crime in London may have ‘stabilised’ after months of stabbings and shootings, according to the mayor.

But Sadiq Khan warned of a possible spike in the murder rate during the August school holidays.

More than 80 people have died violently in London so far this year. The victims include 16 teenagers.

Mr Khan has been criticised by political opponents for failing to get a grip on the crisis.

The mayor told ITV News it might take years to crack the ‘horrific’ problem but there were encouraging signs.

In London we’re seeing a stabilisation. It can’t be cracked in the space of days and weeks. It will take some time to say we’ve cracked it.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

The Mayor’s comments were echoed by police commissioner Cressida Dick.

In London we’re seeing a stabilisation. It can’t be cracked in the space of days and weeks. It will take some time to say we’ve cracked it.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON