Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sadiq Must Act on Knives; Established 1827

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sadiq Must Act on Knives; Established 1827

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THE new statistics today showing the dramatic rise in acid attacks across London they have increased by 78 per cent over the past two years are another instance of an overall recent surge in violent crime. Twenty London teenagers were killed in stabbings in 2017. In his article on this page today, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, promises measures to reduce the toll, particularly of knife crime, including more targeted stop and search to find knife carriers, offering all schools a "knife wand" to detect blades, and what he describes a "public-health-led approach" which will aim to tackle the root causes of such serious offending.

Mr Khan says he feels strongly about all this, and his measures are sensible enough, but Mr Khan, who less encouragingly also seeks to divert blame for the rise in knife crime onto the Government, now needs to produce concrete results. In particular, the Mayor, who prides himself on his community connections, must find better ways of changing attitudes among those young Londoners who carry knives or use acid in particular those from those communities which account for the majority of teenage stab victims and many perpetrators. …

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