After numerous stabbings and acid attacks throughout the city, mayor Sadiq Khan announced “tough, immediate” measures and sweeping “knife control” policies designed to help curb the violence. This includes the creation of a “violent crime taskforce of 120 officers,” who will identify potential knife-wielding threats in public spaces, as well as an additional $50 million in police funding.
Khan announced the new policies on Twitter, saying “No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”
The tweet included a link to a piece titled, “Here’s what the Mayor is doing to tackle violent crime.”
Police will receive expanded stop-and-search authority, allowing them to stop individuals who may be threats or potentially planning an acid or knife attack.
Khan had previously decreased the use of stop-and-search, stating that the tactic tends to be racist and potentially Islamophobic.
To better equip the Metropolitan Police Department, additional funding is being allocated to them, giving them the ability to arm themselves more effectively against knife attacks.
According to a statement, as reported by the Daily Wire, the Met Police will begin using “targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected,” by the recent rash of violence.
Under the new policies, home delivery of knives and acids are also banned.
The mayor isn’t the only official taking action. Parliament is also examining “knife control” legislation during the coming week which may include a ban on online knife sales and declaring it “illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private.”
A “zombie” knife is defined as those designed for the purpose of being used against a person.
Sales of caustic materials would also be banned for buyers under the age of 18.
London’s murder rate has skyrocketed in recent months, even surpassing New York City in the number of homicides during February and March.
The UK already has strict gun control measures in place, and there are laws in place that state that knives carried “without good reason” are not permitted on anyone under 18 years of age.