Once again, the London Mayor Sadiq Khan has expressed his concern about knife crimes in London. He has previously declared that there has been a “significant increase” in knife attacks as well as murders in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Oxford and Birmingham, since the beginning of the New Year.
Later on, Theresa May blamed both Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and said that they are responsible for the rise in number of knife crime.
However, she faced a widespread outrage from people and authorities. She was criticized to give ‘misleading information’. Both Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham also stood up against the Prime Minister’s comments. “Can’t believe, after all these years, the PM is still misrepresenting me at PMQs,” Burnham said.
After two weeks from May’s comment on Sadiq khan, he has called for a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, because of the increase in Knife crimes. On February 20, the 14th and 15th knife deaths occurred in 2018. A total amount of 14,521 knife crime offenses has been revealed by the Mayor, in the 12 months to January 2018.
On Tuesday night, two young men, one a 17-year-old boy and the other a 20-year-old boy were killed outside a corner shop in Kentish Town and near Belsize Park, respectively. The videos and images of the crime scenes terrified the citizens of London.
In a tweet one of the citizens wrote that these videos are what happens in London every day. “Thugs acting with TOTAL impunity it in broad daylight… No fear of encountering police or of the pathetic court sentences if unlucky enough to do so… THIS is the dystopia the Govt have created with their cuts to policing …”