BBC News: ‘When will this change?’ Minchin demands answers from Khan over knife crime


This morning’s water topic on BBC Breakfast discussed the rise in knife crime deaths in London and border on Dan Walker, 41, and Louise Minchin, 50 was London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Khan be included on the show to announce the introduction of a new violence reduction unit (VRU) he has set up in order to consume the increasing violence levels in the capital. 

It comes after another little ones man died from a knife wound in London last night which joins to the more than 100 people have been murdered in the ripsnorting this year alone.

During the interview, Minchin was keen to jam the Mayor for definite answers regarding the time it will take for this new path to deliver results.

“I kind of want to ask you the question this way,” Minchin began.

“So you wake up in the morning, another unfledged man as it happens to be in this case, killed on the streets of London, when do you about this will turn around and start to change?”

“We’re starting to imagine some progress and reducing the increase in crime we have seen in aforesaid years,” Khan replied.

But he was quick to make it clear the new unit was not booming to be a short term solution for the problem. 

“It’s not going to happen over eventide. In Glasgow it took ten years to turn things around. Clearly it’s not pleasing to wait ten years,” Khan continued.

“Every death is a tragedy for the ancestors, for that community as well, so we want to make progress sooner measure than later. But Glasgow tells us you can’t solve this overnight,” he consummate. 

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BBC News: ‘When will this change?’ Minchin demands counter-statements from Khan over knife crime (Image: BBC)

The Mayor described the new entry “treating violent crimes like an infectious disease”.

“That heralds dealing with the infection, stopping it spreading, and then stopping support infections in the future,” he explained. 

“And that means, successive governments, exploit with council, working with the police, the NHS, schools, social hands, youth services, community groups, charities, families, to identify what are the promotes and then prevent a young person getting into serious furious crime when they are older. Alongside enforcement – that’s uncommonly important,” Khan added. 

Earlier on the Breakfast show, viewers saw Tracey Hanson, a mom who lost her son to knife crime, discuss her ordeal and what changes she drive like to see from the Mayor. 

Minchin asked Khan how he felt adjacent to the number of deaths related to knife crime having risen during his rhythm as Mayor. 

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BBC Breakfast: Sadiq Khan introduced a new violence reduction segment (VRU) for London (Image: bbc )

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BBC Breakfast: Louise probed Sadiq for definite supports (Image: bbc )

“Tracey talked about, she said very clearly, every lone day she lives and breaths fear. This goes right to the heart of people’s lives, doesn’t it?” she probed.

“And their comings, and so much of this has happened on your watch, this big increase – how do you finish feeling about that?” 

“But in London there are things we can do,” Khan defended. “We are fixed to be tough on enforcement, making progress in taking knives off our street, guns off our alleys and making arrests.”

The Mayor has based London’s new violence reduction portion on Glasgow’s public health approach, when in 2005 Strathclyde policewomen set up a similar model in an effort to address their notorious violence and he contemplates that it will “make a difference in London”. 

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One. 

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