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Knife crime in London

Caroline Russell: 'London can be a city that shares its success with every  citizen' - Bright Green

Green Party Assembly member Caroline Russell has demanded that more is done to tackle the epidemic of violence in London. 

Caroline has compiled a report, looking at homicide figures in the capital between 2005 and 2020. 

In that time 2,000 Londoners were murdered, with the rate barely going down. 

“That means more than 2,000 families living without a loved one, and more than 2,000 homicides that should have been prevented,” said Russell.

“To make matters worse, the disproportionality between different groups is staggering. Black communities are suffering the loss of too many young black lives. These are not just deaths, but whole families and communities throughout London, traumatised by violence.”

Violence in London has been a long-standing concern for the Greens. As part of her Mayoral campaign, Green candidate Sean Berry set a target of zero murders in London in ten years. In the run up to the election she said: “Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done.’

The London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set up a Violence Reduction Unit which aims to deal with the causes of violent crime such with social alienation and lack of opportunity. 

The Green Party would like to see more investment in the unit as well as more funding for youth services and early intervention programs. 

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