Ex London Mayor Boris Johnson has called out Sadiq Khan, the current Mayor of London, urging him to take responsibility for London’s soaring knife crimes.
Johnson, who was mayor until 2016, said it was a “scandal” that the murder rate in London was higher than in New York in February. In a newspaper article, he accused Khan of blaming “everyone but himself”.
Writing in the Telegraph, former foreign secretary Mr Johnson said: “It is tragic that so many young lives are again being lost on the pavements of our capital.
“But for my money, there is a further outrage – and that is the abject failure of the mayor of London either to grip the problem or even to take responsibility.”
He also said: “He [Mr Khan] blames everyone but himself when it is his paramount duty to keep Londoners safe.”
Boris said stop and searches “make a difference” and that it was a “serious mistake” for the Home Office to move away from them in 2015.
A spokeswoman for the mayor said Mr Johnson’s article was “nonsense from the man who was in the government that slashed stop and search and funding for our police and preventive services”.
She added: “Sadiq is being tough on crime with extra money for the police and increased levels of targeted stop and search, as well as the causes of crime with money for youth services.
“But he has one hand tied behind his back – what City Hall can do is a drop in the ocean in the face of billions of pounds of government cuts and the mayor makes no apology for calling for more money for our police.”
According to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) The number of “knife and sharp instrument offences” fell for three years in a row in the Metropolitan Police area when Mr Johnson was mayor, down from 14,159 in 2010/2011 to 9,680 in 2014/15. There was then an increase to 12,061 offences in 2016/17 and 14,695 in the following year.
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