Hike in stop and searches has led to a big drop in homicides and other violent crimes, say cops

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A RISE in stop and searches has led to a major drop in violent crime over the last year, The Met said yesterday.

Homicides fell by a quarter to 122 victims.

A rise stop and searches has led to a major drop in violent crime over the last year, The Met Police have said
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A rise in stop-and-searches has led to a major drop in violent crime over the last year, The Met Police have said[/caption]

Homicides fell by a quarter to 122 victims during the period of increased stop and search
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Homicides fell by a quarter to 122 victims during the period of increased stop and search[/caption]

There was a 15 per cent reduction in stabbings of under 25s with 311 fewer  people  that age  injured by knives in the year to April 1. The falls in London buck a national trend.

Stop and searches increased by 30 per cent to 172,000 over the same period.

Met chief Cressida Dick said the move had resulted in the daily seizure of knives and guns.

She said intelligence-based stop and searches, with many carried out using emergency powers in troubled areas, were a “very important tactic and has absolutely led to a fall in violence.”

Moped-enabled crime dropped by more than half to 11,390.

THE SUN SAYS: NO KHAN DO

WE branded London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan a wretched defeatist when he whined that it would take a decade to turn round the capital’s soaring crime.

And it turns out that simply increasing Stop and Search by 30 per cent has cut murders by a quarter and knife injuries by 15 per cent in one year.

Met chief Cressida Dick says cops are “continuously taking weapons off the street and locking up the most violent people”. It’s not rocket science. Just less hand-wringing, more pro-active policing.

Imagine what more could be done if the eco “rebellion” morons hadn’t swallowed up half the new budget for tackling violence.

Acid attacks were down by 30 per cent and gun crime fell 6.8 per cent with 172 fewer victims.

Ms Dick said there had been “real progress” after a steep rise in knife and gun crime from 2014. She added: “I believe we are suppressing the violence. The largest part of the reduction has come from massive law enforcement efforts.”

The Met also seized a record £101million of assets from crooks.

The sum, half the total taken nationwide, goes back into law enforcement.

Ms Dick said: “If we target the money that takes us back to the drugs and guns.”

Met chief Cressida Dick said the increase in stop and search had resulted in the daily seizure of knives and guns
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Met chief Cressida Dick said the increase in stop and search had resulted in the daily seizure of knives and guns[/caption]

Moped-enabled crime dropped by more than half to 11,390
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Moped-enabled crime dropped by more than half to 11,390[/caption]


A COSTLY REBELLION

NEARLY half of an extra £15million pledged by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to tackle violence over the next year has been used up policing the Extinction Rebellion climate protests.

Around 1,130 people were arrested amd 10,000 cops mobilised   over the 10-day protest.

The bill for overtime, equipment and help from other forces topped £7million.

The Met’s Cressida Dick said it put a huge strain on the force and took officers away from  fighting crimes.

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