Following a recent spate of stabbings in my constituency, which has seen the loss of so many young lives in the past few months, I have urged the Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey to introduce a knife amnesty in Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest.
As the Islington Gazette reported last week, there have been three fatal stabbings of teenagers in Islington alone this year. At the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Thursday 26th November I questioned Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, and Deputy Commissioner Mackey on the rise of violent crime in North East London.
I echoed concerns that residents have expressed to me that appropriate and effective preventative action needs to be taken to discourage our young people going down the route of gang violence and knife crime.
I was pleased that following my questioning the Deputy Commissioner agreed to look in to the implementation of the knife amnesty. I have also written to him to remind him of his promise and I look forward to receiving the outcome of his research.