Source: Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, Youth Knife Crime Statistics
Knife crime amongst young people has seen a shocking rise in our borough, and we need immediate action both in Parliament and here in Croydon. Statistics from the Mayor of London's office show that in the past year knife crime has risen by 76%. What's more, antisocial behaviour is on the rise again in Croydon.
Labour have unearthed shocking figures showing that under the Conservatives, over 8 in 10 neighbourhood police officers in Croydon have been lost. The Metropolitan Police is having to make £1billion of savings as a result of systematic Government cuts since 2010, and police numbers across the UK have been cut by 20,000 under the Conservatives.
If elected, I pledge to take immediate action on these problems. I will:
- Form a cross-party campaign in Parliament to tackle knife crime, setting up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime
- Take action locally, setting up the Croydon Anti-Knife Commission, bringing together local anti-violence campaigners, politicians and police
- Lobby the Government and Metropolitan Police to increase levels of neighbourhood police back to pre-2010 levels.
Youth knife crime in Croydon is at a record high since the Mayor’s Gang Crime and Serious Youth Violence Dashboard was created in 2012. The growth in Croydon far exceeds the average growth in knife crime injury across London over the past year (26.5%).
Labour has pledged that it will not cut police funding further, and have committed to providing funding for an additional 10,000 officers – equivalent to an extra community police officer for every ward in England and Wales.
Anti-social behaviour is on the rise once again in Croydon, with over 270 incidents in March alone. Anti-social behaviour is the most common form of crime in the borough, with over three thousand incidents in the past year, making up a quarter of all crime recorded in Croydon.
Youth violence campaigners and police officers agree that one of the major solutions to these problems is through more effective collaboration between police and communities. However, this will not succeed if we continue to cut front line policing, particularly neighbourhood police officers.
Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell promised to put “more police on our streets” in 2015, but under Barwell and the Conservatives 80% of our neighbourhood police officers in Croydon have been lost. People are fed up of broken promises and inaction on crime from their MP. I will fight to restore front line police in Croydon and bring campaigners, police and politicians together to tackle knife crime.