Saturday, March 25News For London

Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced a £600,000 grant from website to help charities tackle youth violence, shortly after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a flat in Greenwich town centre last Saturday.

Due to the reduction of the police force?

According to the statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the UK, compared with figure 12 months earlier. Figures from Metropolitan Police showed so far there have been at least 128 violent deaths in London, up from 116 in early 2018. The total of 14,987 knife crimes is among a high of 25,0287 violent offences recorded.

Source: Metropolitan Police

Cressida Dick, the head of Metropolitan Police, said early this year in a hearing that a whole series of social issues contributed to the surge in knife crime. But she “would be naive to suggest that the reduced number of officers on the streets has had an impact”.

Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The patrols policy released by Met police early this month would add security in London crime hotspots. Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor has come under pressure to stop this “crazy” plans to send armed patrols into communities. The mayor also mentioned the conflicts between the rising number of citizens and the decrease in police force. 

Source: UKexpress

Photograph: Charlotte Ball/PA

What is the psychology of young people to carry a gun?

According to the age group distribution of patients newly diagnosed with mental disorders in the UK armed forces in 2017/18, young people between the age of 25-29 are more vulnerable to have the mental illness.

Harriet Wichtowski, the psychologist, said: “As human, we are programmed to need to belong. So in a way, we formed tribes. The gang is a little tiny tribe.” She mentioned young people, especially young man, particularly need to prove they belong to something when they choose to stab someone.”

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The underfunded NHS system also gives rise to the mental illness of young people. According to the Referral to treatment (RTT) waiting times statistics for consultant-led elective care in 2017/18 Annual Report, for patients on incomplete pathways, the median waiting time at the end of March 2018 was 6.9 weeks. In 2017/18, the median wait for admitted treatment was 10.0 weeks. The fact shows many young people need to wait a long time before being treated.

Some young people are afraid to know someone around them carrying a knife. “I think first is self-protection. Another thing is the gang culture”, one told WestminsterWorld.

Another media student revealed: “If you don’t carry a knife with you in a gang, you will be the minority”. He also added: “It’s not right to carry a knife. Because for those people who don’t know how to use it properly, it will be a big threat”.

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Campaigners and organisations against knife crime in the UK

There are some social workers and institutions for young people to seek help. Members of parliament, charitable groups and family of the victims appeal for government’s new policy to gain the power to tackle knife crime issues.

The £600,000 grant from Google will help charities tackle youth violence. The cash will fund more than 500 social and youth workers, teachers and other frontline professionals from the Catch22 and Redthread charities with a focus on how young people use social media.