Havering’s young knife crime victims leap 43 per-cent

Havering has seen the largest leap in young knife crime victims of any east London borough, alarming figures reveal this week.

Attacks on 13 to 24-year-olds involving a blade have skyrocketed 43 per-cent in the last four years, sparking criticism over government cuts to youth services and police numbers.

The borough had 84 young knife crime victims in 2007/2008, with that figure leaping 43 per-cent to 102 in 2010/2011, Metropolitan Police figures obtained by Labour show.

While the number of attacks in Havering was well below that of neighbouring boroughs, it recorded the most significant rise.

Barking & Dagenham saw young blade victims rise 30 per-cent and Newham just 14 per-cent, while Redbridge actually saw a drop of 7 per-cent.

A Havering Police spokesman said: “QUOTE TO COME”

Across London the number of victims rose 29 per-cent on average, with Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Stella Creasy, seizing on the figures as proof of Mayor Boris Johnson’s failure to tackle knife crime. She warned Government cuts could see those figures rise, adding: “Many boroughs are seeing cuts of 30 per-cent or more in their youth offending teams, 20 per-cent in their community safety budgets, youth services slashed and we’re losing 1,000 police officers from our streets.”

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However the Deputy Mayor of Policing, Kit Malthouse, hit back that the figures were misleading, saying: “Teenage killings in London have more than halved under Boris. Knife injuries and gun crime are also significantly down. Overall murder is at an historic low and important areas of the public realm, like the transport system, are significantly safer.

“Boris has pumped money into policing to maintain numbers and fortify the Met for the continuing fight against crime, and that mission is far from complete.”