Recent knife crime incidents
Partnership message from Superintendent Peter Turner
I have been concerned in the last week at the rise of violence across London, in particular a number of youth related murders.
Tower Hamlets has not been immune to this rise but fortunately there have been no murders here unlike some of neighbouring boroughs. That said, there have been too many knife related attacks which causes us all concern. I have been in numerous meetings over the last week with partners and the community to better understand the causes of our issues and how we react moving forward. There is a clear concern in the community which is most acute within young people and parents.
We have arrested six people from the assault in Perfect Fried Chicken over the Easter Weekend. Four of those have been charged with that offence. We have arrested two people from the assault in Mile End Park on April 5 and I predict further arrests in the near future.
Over the coming days I will have additional police officers in hot spot areas across the borough. These will be specifically tasked to speak to young people and make use of their stop/search powers where appropriate. The community have told me that they would like to see more stop and search as this makes them feel safer. In meetings with partners and community representatives we have agreed to compliment police patrols with partner resources in the form of the rapid response team. Existing youth provision is being reviewed and opening times extended to provide additional diversion.
It is vitally important to share any information and we have agreed and enhanced existing arrangements to make this more streamlined to allow us to become more responsive.
I would also urge anyone with information regarding violence to contact police, this can be done direct to patrolling officers, via your local neighbourhood team or 101. I also recognise that some people would prefer to remain anonymous. I would direct those individuals to use CrimeStoppers, on 0800 555 111 to leave information.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:
“The recent stabbings across London, including sadly in Tower Hamlets, have shocked and concerned our community. Clearly this has been a London-wide problem but we are working with the police and taking extra steps to keep our streets safe.
“This week there are extra police on patrol in the borough as well as council community safety rapid response teams focused on areas of particular need working to reassure residents and young people in particular.
“I would urge anyone with information on the recent attacks to contact the police immediately or to report it anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Posted on Monday 9th April 2018