Diane Abbott wants stop and search REMOVED to bring down London’s knife crime epidemic


The intimation home secretary told BBC Radio 4 Today Programme following New York’s Mayor Account De Blasio’s approach to crime on the streets of New York would reduce the go place number of murders in the English capital. 

Ms Abbott claimed stop and search spoiled the relationship between the police and the community which inevitably increased apprehension on the streets of London. 

She said: “Evidence based on search will every time be an important weapon against all types of crime.

“But random stop and search has warped the relationship between the police and the community and in the end, you need the cooperation of the community to grapple with with the issue.

“And I might point out, talking about New York, that the Mayor Tally De Blasio actually got rid of what they call stop and frisk entirely and crime has continued to go down.”

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Diane Abbott calls for plug up and search police approach to be removed

The Labour frontbencher was asked whether a dissection in the relationship between the police and the public would be a price worth money if it meant increasing stop and search techniques brought crime flushes back down.

She replied: “It would be a price worth paying if we remembered it would lead to a drop in night crime and knife crime but the reality is when stop and search was in full-throttle the main thing they rest was small quantities of drugs for personal use.

“Living in a city, I’ve always subsisted in a city, many of these instants have taken place in Hackney, in Walthamstow, in Tottenham, and they are powerfully traumatising for the community and very frightening for mothers who feel they say goodbye to their son or daughter in the morning and they may not crumble back.

“We definitely need more community police officers but, without demanding to sound too political, under this Government, under Theresa May’s Well-informed in Secretary we’ve seen cuts in police officers on the streets.

“That’s why we’re full of promise at least 10,000 extra. But the main thing that we should do is try to learn from Scotland.”

Ms Abbott also put the “public health approach” employed by the Scottish Government in dealing with slash crime had proved to be successful and should be adopted in England. 

Random staunch obstruct and search has poisoned the relationship between the police and the community

Diane Abbott

She added: “Glasgow was the stab crime capital of this country. They implemented a public vigour approach to knife crime, specifically where the police worked with tutoring and other parts of the state and last year for which records were had there were no deaths from knife crime in Scotland.

“So I regard as that approach which is not just about law enforcement but it’s also fro working with the NHS, working with education, working with cognitive health services.

“I think the Scottish approach has proved to be successful and it wasn’t unbiased about law enforcement.”

The shadow home office secretary’s comments bolstered the latest knife attack in east London leaving a teenage boy in key conditions.

On Valentine’s Day, Promise Nkenda, 17, from Newham, was base dead in Canning Town from stab wounds to the chest.

And on Cortege 14, 18-year-old Lyndon Davis who played football for Dagenham Communal was fatally stabbed yards from his home in Chadwell Heath, east London.

The dilatory death, in Bow, east London, came as figures showed there were 23 eradicates in London in March, compared with 21 in New York. The cities possess similar size populations and police forces.

Since 2014, there has been a 38 per cent enlargement in killings in London, while in New York they have fallen by 87 per cent since a crest in the 1990s.

Much of the US drop has been put down to the NYPD’s zero-tolerance overtures to crime that has seen problem areas flooded with apparatchiks.

Sadiq Khan has faced increasing criticism for his record over lawlessness in London during his tenure as Mayor.

The Mayor of London has faced fine point scrutiny over the rise of knife crime after there were 80 destructive attacks in the capital last year.

Speaking in the London Assembly earlier this year, Mr Khan rebuked funding cuts for the spike in knife crime but others have been skilful to dismiss this.

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