The Met Police will deploy an extra 300 officers on London’s streets this weekend and increase stop and searches to combat the rising knife violence in the capital.
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick revealed the new strategy today after seven more people were injured last night.
She told LBC: ‘We will be doing more stopping and searching of people in an effort to suppress violence and of course to take weapons of the street.
‘We will be doing more stop and search for weapons and indeed we have been doing more and more stop and search for the purpose of finding weapons.’
Commissioner Dick explained she pinpointed rising violence as the number one problem to tackle when she became London’s top cop last year.
She said: ‘I am relieved people throughout society are talking about this and especially those in central government.’
‘Over the last three months and in particular in the last several days we have had a unusual spike in horrible homicides, ghastly events, that have taken people’s lives and devastated other people’s lives.
‘It is important that we investigate those to the best of our ability and that we bring people to justice. I anticipate that we will. We are very good at that. We work really closely with the City of London Police.
‘We frequently help them with serious crime, whether that is kidnap, knife crime, or homicide.’
The 300 extra officers will be deployed in ‘hot spot’ areas of the capital on Saturday and Sunday.
A 13-year-old boy was among last night’s victims of knife crime in London as six teenagers were injured in four separate boroughs last night.
Three of them were taken to hospital while a male was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder.