criminal justice system is in crisis. Secondly, Police numbers have been markedly reduced. Thirdly, over 50 people have been killed - mostly by stabbing - in London alone this year. On any view, this is a very disturbing and shocking picture.
Deaths in London:
i News 4th April published the terrible List of victims killed in the capital so far this year and noted that - "The Met Police is currently investigating 55 suspected murders since
the start of 2018." The list shows that most of the victims died as a
result of stabbing.
BBC News 25th January 2018 - 9 charts on the rise of knife crime in England and Wales. The article begins by highlighting that knife crime decreased but is rising again.
New Sentencing Guidance:
The Sentencing Council has issued new Sentencing Guidelines for Bladed articles and Offensive Weapons and these come into effect from 1st June 2018.
Stop and Search:
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Part 1.
The use of Stop and Search powers by the Metropolitan Police has declined as this chart published in the BBC article shows:
The Mayor of London (Mr Sadiq Khan) has advocated "intelligence-led" stop and search by Police Officers with "body worn video" to record events - see his interview at Sky News 9th October 2017
The recently published Lammy Review - see Final Report
- stated that - " ... the disproportionate use of Stop and Search on
BAME communities continues to drain trust in the CJS as a whole."
In January 2018, Mr David Lammy MP criticised Mr Khan over stop and search - see The Guardian 14th January.
"The MP for Tottenham said he was disappointed that his Labour
colleague in City Hall had chosen to use the controversial police tactic
as a “political football” after an outcry over the fatal stabbings of four young men on New Year’s Eve."
See also - The Spectator 17th February 2018