Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

AL CAPONE TACTICS TO STOP KILLINGS; MET CHIEF PLEDGES TASK FORCE TO TAKE VIOLENT OFFENDERS OFF STREETS 'FOR ANY CRIME''We Will Target the People We Know Are the Most Dangerous'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

AL CAPONE TACTICS TO STOP KILLINGS; MET CHIEF PLEDGES TASK FORCE TO TAKE VIOLENT OFFENDERS OFF STREETS 'FOR ANY CRIME''We Will Target the People We Know Are the Most Dangerous'

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor EXCLUSIVE

SCOTLAND Yard chief Cressida Dick today pledged to use "Al Capone" tactics to curb the surge in murders and knife crime.

She said a new task force of 120 officers would focus on the most violent gang members and individuals to take them off London's streets "for any crime".

The Met Commissioner spoke out after two more murders in London -- bringing the total in the capital this year to 55.

An 18-year-old man died from knife wounds after staggering towards police officers on patrol in Hackney while in nearby Clapton a man in his fifties died after being punched in a row at a betting shop.

Ms Dick told the Standard that the new Violent Crime Task Force would work with local police to target violent individuals and known crime "hotspots". In particular, Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 officers would target street dealing, muggers and anti-social behaviour. She said: "We will put even more effort into bearing down on violent crime. You will see us being even more pro-active out on the streets. We will have a greater presence in the hotspots of violence and a focused effort, including intelligence-led stop-and-search and the use of specialists in covert tactics.

"We will be looking to target the people we know are the most dangerous and get the intelligence to our local officers which they can use in a fasttime way."

She added: "We will be encouraging them to not just deal with those people for violent crime, or carrying a knife, but for associated crime, or indeed any crime. If we can get people locked up, if we know they are a prolific knife criminal or a very violent person, then that is all to the good."

The tactics are similar to those employed against the notorious Thirties US gangster Al Capone, who was jailed for tax evasion when traditional law enforcement techniques failed. …

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