Dismantle gangs to help end scourge of fatal stabbings, says minister

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ondon‘s gangs must be destroyed to bring knife crime Under control, the police minister warned that he spoke of his dismay at the failure to eradicate the capital’s most notorious and violent crime groups.

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kit malhouse, who served as deputy mayor for policing under Boris Johnson until 2012, said he was “surprised that the gang names are still the same as a decade ago” and that the government was asking “serious questions” about whether they are now Why even exist?

He said gangs were “responsible for a serious amount of violence” but were being allowed to “backfill” them with new recruits, fueling the problem of deadly stabbings in the capital.

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Mr Malhouse’s remarks will put enormous pressure on Met and under-fire boss Dem cressida dick.

A thorough investigation is already underway on this Sarah Everard Murder, and facing the questions of the Home Secretary Priti Patel Regarding its overall effectiveness and London is at risk of suffering a record year for juvenile homicides.

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Mayor Sadiq Khan has also faced criticism for his failure to reduce knife deaths. Last week, 18-year-old Afghan refugee Hazrat Wali was stabbed to death in Twickenham, the victim of the 25th juvenile murder of 2021 in London.

Mr Malhouse said: “One sad thing for me is that 10 years ago we did a lot of work on gangs and to my surprise the gang names are still the same.

“For me it points to my failure to keep things that will help the police eliminate those gangs.

“We are now asking serious questions about why those gangs still exist, why they exist, how they recruit, what do we understand about their modus operandi, as they are responsible for serious amounts of violence and draw people in and encourage violence in particular areas.”

Mr Malthhouse said the attempt to break up the gangs permanently had begun and the Met, which had a gang matrix listing people involved for many years, had the data to help achieve this. “All gangs in London have a profile. They are profiled by the Met and we know who nominally are,” he said.

“The main thing we’re doing now is getting the organization to end up once and for all so it doesn’t backfill and it’s about understanding why it exists. How do we end the business? do? We need to move on to that side on Gangs.”

Dame Cressida, whose contract was extended by two years in September to hold the position until 2024, has repeatedly identified the role of gangs in fueling knife crime and other serious violence, most notably county line drug abuse. involved in business.

The Met has responded by targeting these gangs and trying to arrest the leaders and has highlighted a significant number of successful operations.

The most recent was at Tower Hamlets when 19 people were arrested and a series of morning raids seized large amounts of Class A drugs, cash and a £50,000 car.

A report on knife crime in London by the Policy Exchange think tank claimed that the Met’s strategy was failing and also focused on “repression” through stop and search.

This echoed Mr Malhouse’s assessment by suggesting that “long-term reduction in crime can only be achieved by removing key targets” to break up gangs.

The report said: “These are serious criminals and gang members not involved in street level crime who are affected by stops and searches. While it is not always possible or easy to catch, these individuals are violent and organized. Crime targeting is an essential element of any strategy, as they play a role in organizing criminal networks, drawing the younger generation into a life of crime, and perpetuating mass violence.

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