The Voice of London spoke exclusively to a Police Constable on the condition of anonymity regarding cuts, and how the police keep our streets safe. The officer revealed the environment the police have to work in, touching on everything from being overworked, fearing for their safety and a lack of resources. The interview was recreated with actors in order to safeguard the officers identity. Information obtained by the Voice of London reveals that the borough of Harrow has lost over a third of its Police officers since 2010 and almost 80% of its PCSOS. The figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal a staggering decrease in police numbers. See also: VoL investigates the scale of knife crime In 2010 Harrow was served by 354 warranted officers but...
A new study published by the British Medical Journal found that under-16s are at the highest risk of getting stabbed on their way home from school. “The period immediately after school accounts for a large proportion of [stabbing] incidents in children, and these predominantly occur close to home and school,” said the report led by Paul Vulliamy from the Centre for Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. This research follows a week of violence in London. At least five people have been stabbed to death in London this week. On Monday evening a 16-year-old was stabbed to death in front of his parents, with friends describing him as “bubbly” and “polite”. The BMJ wrote that the highest frequency of stabbings on under 16-year-olds occurred between 4 pm and 6 pm and within 5km
Today marks the 8th annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, as recognised by the UN. This day exists to highlight the 90 percent of violent crimes committed against journalists that do not end in convictions. Over 1000 journalists and media workers have been killed between 2006-2017 for simply doing their jobs and informing society, according to the UN. To put these numbers into perspective, a statement from UNESCO reads: “Each year, one journalist gets a Pulitzer, and 100 get shot.” UNESCO, along with DDB Paris (a french organisation committed to protecting the integrity of journalism), have created the campaign #TruthNeverDies to commemorate the day. The campaign also aims to honour the legacy of fallen journalists by sharing their investigations
Knife attacks and casualties are on the rise. Since the beginning of the year there has been more than 100 murders in London. The perpetrators are getting younger and so are their victims. With the police overstretched, gang warfare has seemingly taken over the streets of London. Youth clubs have closed and budget constraints have made it harder for the police to keep the capital’s streets safe. But why do young people carry knives and turn to gangs? The Voice of London went out to investigate by interviewing an ex-gang member known only as TJ. TJ used to be in a gang and carried knives everyday wherever he went. Nowadays, Knives are still very easy to get whether from the kitchen or a shop where they may not even check for identification. They are not that expensive either a