Brent and Harrow
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Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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My comments on the knife attacks in Brent

The knife attacks that blighted our borough since Christmas, including the tragic death of a 15 year old school boy, bring home the need to urgently curb this trend of increasing violence.

The lack of explanation for rising knife crime is deeply frustrating. Knife crime is a complex issue, without straight forward resolution.

Mayor Khan has made tackling these atrocities a key priority and has promised a knife crime strategy. This must be broad ranging and must deliver on his pledge to focus on prevention.

We need a conversation with young people about the dangers of carrying knives, about how we relieve peer pressure, and about the need to report violent acts. We need to consider how to use stop and search both appropriately and effectively, and the roll out of body cameras should help to achieve this.

All of this depends on trust, on a continuous dialogue with communities, and it’s why the Mayor’s decision to bolster neighbourhood policing is so important.

It’s a minority that carries out knife crime, but as we’ve seen, they do so with devastating effect. We must act now.



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