London under siege: Armed gangs force police to deploy special units as violence erupts

London under siege: Armed gangs force police to deploy special units as violence erupts

A Section 60 stop and search has been authorised in the Wandsworth and Merton area following the terrifying witness accounts. Additional officers have now been deployed in local areas to “provide reassurance”.

The Met Police received multiple reports of males armed with weapons in Putney, the Sutton and Croydon Guardian reported.

The force said in a statement: “On 23 October police received reports of a group of males who were seen armed with weapons in the Putney area.

“Police also received to unconfirmed reports of two potentially linked robberies in Mitcham.

“Additional officers were deployed in and around the local areas to provide reassurance and a section 60 order was put in place covering the Boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth overnight.”

According to latest figures on Statista.com, there has been an increase of 168.76 thousand offences across the capital in 2019/20 compared to 2015/16.

Statista’s September report said: “Much of this increase has been driven by a surge in violent crime, with the number of violent crime offences in London increasing from 186.5 thousand to more than 222 thousand during this same time period.

“Additionally, there has been a steady rise in the number of knife crimes which grew from 9.75 thousand to 15.9 thousand in this same period.

“By several measures, violent crime in London has gotten worse in the last few years.”

While there has been a recent influx of knife crimes across the capital, both fatal and non-fatal, the overall figure for this year fell.

As of September 21, the number of knife crimes fell to 10.15 thousand in 2020/21, the fewest number of knife crimes in a reporting year since 2015/16, when there were 9.75 thousand offences.

In comparison, the number of knife crime offences recorded in London between 2019/20 reached more than 15.9 thousand, an increase of more than six thousand offences compared with 2015/16.

Last month, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he is doing everything in his power to keep knife and gun crime rates down across the capital.

He told the Andrew Marr Show how he is deeply concerned how the easing of restrictions will see a spike in youth violence.

But some observers were quick to point out how Mr Khan’s claims of falling crime rates have been aided by the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Mr Khan came under fire for closing an estimated 38 police stations across London, according to Met Police figures.

Despite the number of incidents in the capital, Mr Khan pledged to do more to tackle the issue.

London’s mayor held a knife crime summit during the summer to discuss ways to reduce the number of stabbings.

The mayor was joined at the summit by Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, Crime and Policing Minister Kit Malthouse, and council leaders from across the city.

Mr Khan said: “As we go into the summer, London and national partners, including the Met Police, the Probation Service, local authorities, City Hall and communities, are working closely together on a comprehensive plan to tackle violence and ensure young Londoners have positive activities to get involved in during the holidays.

“We are putting aside any political differences as it’s vital all relevant authorities and leaders work together to make sure we’re doing everything we can to reduce violence and keep our city safe.”

Mr Malthouse also insisted young people must be able to live and grow up in a peaceful area in order to fulfil their potential.

He added: “We all have a responsibility to act and that is why the Government is taking action to tackle the drivers of crime, divert young people at risk of violence or exploitation, get weapons off our streets and deliver swift justice to criminals.

“To succeed it needs agencies working together at national and local level to help give our young people a safe summer.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also claimed the Government will do more to tackle knife crime.

Ministers are also contemplating removing rules which make it harder for the police to use section 60 stop and search orders.

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