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
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
Since the start of January, crime has been on the rise. By September, the murder rate reached 100. The number of offensive weapons found on people has skyrocketed alongside the number of wounded civilians. There is no doubt that crime has surged in London. In March alone, 19 people were murdered on the capital’s streets. Voice of London looked at the stats from the official Metropolitan Police website about knife crime in London: The number of weapons seized was at its highest in January and lowest in the following month, rising yet again in March. Murders increased every month until the recent statistics reached 100 in September. Huge numbers of wounding and grievous bodily harm occurred throughout the first few months of this year. According to NHS figures ob