Mayor of London warns of rising violence as cost of living crisis deepens |  London

Mayor of London warns of rising violence as cost of living crisis deepens | London

London’s mayor has warned of a rise in shootings and stabbings amid concerns that rising costs of living could lead to more violence and make it easier for gangs to attract vulnerable young people.

Sadiq Khan said millions more pounds were being poured into schemes to turn people away from violence. The Labor mayor has been criticized by some for his criminal record.

Khan said more than half of London shootings and almost a quarter of homicides were believed to be gang-related. Gang exit schemes are being boosted by £2m.

The Mayor said, “I am concerned about a potential spike in violence this summer as the cost of living crisis deepens and threatens to reverse the progress we have made in fighting violent crime. Violence, like poverty, is not inevitable and the government must now do much more to show that it shares my commitment to building a fairer and safer London for all.”

The mayor said he had invested a total of more than £8m into a gang exit program that had helped hundreds of young people stay away from crime.

The scheme, run by the charity Safer London, has helped 430 young people, with 83% significantly reducing or quitting gang activity.

Sherry Peck, who runs Safer London, said she believed that poverty, alienation and trauma left young people vulnerable to being groomed and recruited into violence.

“Much is being done to stop the rise in violence, but what we know is that social injustice and inequality are the drivers of the rise in violence,” he said. “It’s important to understand that many young Londoners are growing up in incredibly toxic environments, which makes them more susceptible to violence and exploitation.”

The fight to rescue vulnerable children can start with a youth worker meeting them in a place where they feel safe, like the back of a bus or a park bench.

Symone, a social worker at Safer London, said: “This usually includes meeting in a cafe, library or even in a park or bus, and to be honest it’s more effective than meeting in an office setting, which can feel too formal. for these children and young people.

“Meeting with them in the places they choose is an essential part of building that trust and making sure they are involved in decision-making from the start.”

There is national concern about skyrocketing costs of living leading to increased crime. In May, Andy Cooke, the chief inspector of police, warned of a rise in robberies and other acquisitive crimes as the economic crisis deepens.

In an interview with The Guardian, Cooke said: “The impact of poverty and the impact of lack of opportunity for people lead to an increase in crime. There are no two ways to do it.”

Privately, police chiefs are clear on the link between poverty and crime.

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