Rory Stewart: Mayor of London should declare crime emergency in the capital

Rory Stewart: Mayor of London should declare crime emergency in the capital

Independent London Mayoral candidate Rory Stewart has called on Sadiq Khan to declare a crime emergency in the capital.

 

Independent London Mayoral candidate Rory Stewart has called on Sadiq Khan to declare a crime emergency in the capital.

There were 149 homicides in London last year – the highest number in more than a decade.

Robbery has risen 73% in four years, theft from the person is up 56%, and there were more than 15,000 knife crimes in 2019.

Mr Stewart has written to the Mayor to demand more action to combat violent crime.

The former Conservative MP says Mr Khan should commit that:

  • Crime will fall and detection rates will rise – with measurable targets to ensure this happens;
  • Every new Met officer will be out on the streets in uniform to tackle the emergency;
  • All extra funds from the Mayor’s planned council tax hike will go straight to street policing – budgets for all other Met units should be frozen;
  • Police will go to the homes of anyone who is burgled, and a detective will investigate every robbery.

The independent Mayoral hopeful wants members of the public who agree with his approach to add their signature to his letter.

Former Met borough commander Gerry Campbell has backed Mr Stewart’s call for action, and wants the Mayor to “urgently” declare a street crime emergency.

Mr Campbell said: “The police have to be allowed to get on with their job – with the Mayor 100% behind their efforts to bring down crime on our streets.

“But this Mayor is not focused – he does not set clear targets, and he does not back up his officers. 

Mr Stewart says he’d double the number of local police in capital if elected Mayor, and introduce a London youth service to get youngsters volunteering in their communities.

 

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