Tom Brake, local Carshalton and Wallington MP, and the Lib Dems are calling for a proactive crackdown on youth crime related to knives, involved in more than 28,000 incidents last year alone.
Sutton is ranked as having one of the lowest number of knife related attacks in 2017, with 22, according to the Mayor of London Gang Crime and Serious Youth Violence Dashboard. In comparison with other boroughs like Croydon, which has already had 101 attacks this year, this is positive.
But Tom Brake stresses that percentages are still rising in Sutton and something needs to be done urgently.
Tom Brake MP said:
“Whilst Sutton is not a red zone for youth-related knife attacks, this is a serious issue across London. As a father, I know that this issue worries parents who are aware that their teenagers can be exposed to knife crime in certain areas when they go out or even attend street festivals.
“That’s why it’s time that officials and communities cooperated more effectively to solve this problem. We need to be proactive rather than reactive.
“For example, we need to allow police officers and responsible charities to attend schools and talk about knife crime. At the moment, some schools are reluctant, because they think this would label the school.”
“And greater investment in community policing is needed as set out in the Lib Dem General Election manifesto.”
Victims of serious youth violence: April 2017: 114 - April 2016: 101
Gang offences: April 2017: n/a – April 2016: n/a
Injuries in knife crime: April 2017: 23 – April 2016: 17
According to the Mayor of London Gang Crime and Serious Youth Violence Dashboard, as of August 2017, Sutton had one of the lowest rates of knife crime of all of the boroughs with only 22 knife crime injuries, in comparison with the neighbouring borough of Croydon, which has already had 101. More here.