This week damning data obtained by the BBC revealed that knife crime has almost doubled across Havering since 2016. The data shows that over the last 12 months there were 13.2 reported knife crimes per 10,000 people in Havering.

A report from the Community Safety Partnership in Barking and Dagenham also highlighted that in the 12 months leading up to June 2019 serious youth violence had increased by 40.7% and knife crime by 17% on the previous period.

 

Following a ‘sleight of hand’ robbery which took place on Sunday 4 August at the Upminster Costa Coffee franchise, a 16-year-old member of staff from Dagenham was allegedly told to pay back £280 which was lost as a result of the theft.

 

Over the weekend Dagenham Rugby Club was targeted by vandals who set fire to the storage container that housed all of the training and pitch equipment for the team. Unfortunately, there was very little salvaged. Equipment lost included scrum machines, tackle bags, post protectors etc.

Dagenham RUFC is an amateur club and have started a ‘go fund me’ page for donations to replace items by the start of the new season.

In September 2018 Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign ‘Calling Time on Crime’ as a response to rising violent crime across Dagenham and Rainham. Knife crime has dominated the headlines for the last few months as more young lives have been needlessly lost across London, and more recently right here in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge.

On Saturday 16th of February 2019, Jon Cruddas MP and his team was in South Hornchurch Ward speaking to residents and collecting signatures for Jon’s Calling Time on Crime campaign. Residents of Edmund Road, Rainham spoke of a recent event in which a man was pacing up and down the road with a machete in his hand causing disruption. This frightened local residents immensely. Other recent incidents that have occurred in the area of Edmund Road, Louise Gardens and Seaburn Close in South Hornchurch Ward include muggings, especially in a nearby alley way.

Last month Barking and Dagenham Council hosted the first ever East BCU Serious Violence Summit. The East BCU is the tri-borough command unit which covers Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. The event was launched in response to the concerning rise in violent crime across the tri-borough area over the last 12 months.

Over 200 people attended the event from across boroughs including MPs, councillors, voluntary organisations, social workers, charities, and people from the education sector.

On Wednesday 16th January, Barking and Dagenham held the first ever East BCU (Borough Command Unit) Serious Violence Summit. The summit was attended by 240 people which included police officers, trauma surgeons, charity representatives, councillors from across the tri-borough area, victims of violent crime and many more.

Deputy Mayor of Policing and Crime Sophie Linden addressed the summit at the start of the day announcing a harrowing fact – Metropolitan Police numbers have fallen under 30,000 officers at a time when crime is rising.

Today the Offensive Weapons Bill was discussed in parliament. As part of a Serious Violence Strategy which includes the outlining of a number of new criminal offences such as;

The selling of certain corrosive substances to under-18s, and possessing a corrosive substance in a public place. Current legislation means that there is a defence for possessing a corrosive substance for good reason in a public place.

This week the Mayor of London has announced his plans to introduce a Violence Reduction Unit in London, a scheme piloted in Glasgow to reduce the number of violent crimes.

The scheme addresses violent crime as a public health issue and in doing so seeks to create a multi-agency approach that specialises in early intervention. The project has been launched with £500,000 worth of funding and will be working with schools, healthcare professionals, local councils and the police to try and divert young people from a life of crime, in particular violent crime.

This week Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a welcome boost in the fight against violent crime in across London. 122 officers are being temporarily moved from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command to join the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce.

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