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Gun and knife crime rises across Havering according to Met Police statistics

PUBLISHED: 18:20 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 01:39 14 April 2017

A picture of Ricky Hayden surrounded by flowers in his favouite colour. Picture: Ken Mears.

A picture of Ricky Hayden surrounded by flowers in his favouite colour. Picture: Ken Mears.

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Gun and knife crimes have risen across the borough according to official statistics.

The number of firearm offences rose from 45 to 76 in 2016/17 but only 19 resulted in anyone being charged.

The Met Police’s end of year figures, released yesterday, also show there were 205 knife-related crimes, with 59 charges – up 55pc.

Assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt, responsible for Territorial Policing, said: ”We are concerned about the rise of gun crime and rise of knife crime offences committed by young people and the changing nature of the offenders.

“Young people carrying knives are doing so for a variety of reasons including status, criminality and self-protection but only around a quarter are affiliated with gangs.

“Whilst we continue to focus on reducing stabbings by taking weapons and dangerous offenders off the streets, prevention and diversion from knife crime is key.

“There are complex social reasons why more young people are carrying knives and this cannot be solved by the police alone, we must work with communities to help combat knife crime.”

In September, Ricky Hayden – a popular bouncer at Kosho in Romford – and his father Paul were stabbed outside their home in Chadwell Heath.

Ricky died later in hospital.

Tommy Roome, 19, from Rams Grove, Chadwell Heath, and Tarrell Hinds, 20, of Rodney Road, Southwark, are charged with murder and attempted murder.

Kevin Malamba, 19, from Manford Cross, Hainault, is charged with perverting the court of justice.

Despite the statistics, Det Ch Sup John Ross praised the tri-borough policing pilot.

“Since the tri-borough started violent crime in particular has fallen compared to the same period last year – for period February 27 to April 6,” he said.

“This is the biggest restructure experienced by our officers in many years, and it is still the early stages of our new way of working.

“As with any notable business change our leaders face regular logistical challenges and this will continue whilst the change beds in.”

But the figures also show a massive drop in charges brought in burglary cases.

In the past year, 1,849 offences were reported yet only 96 resulted in further action being taken – a drop of more than 53pc.

Reports of violent offences against people rose from 5,423 to 6,083 with 1,212 offences resulting in charges being brought.

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