Ken Hinds, Chair of the Haringey Independent Stop and Search Monitoring Group, has said that the authorities have to do more to prevent knife crime as he has already “been to six funerals this year”, all of which were teenagers killed by violence.
Knife crime offences in the UK have risen to the highest number since 2011, with 40,147 offences in the 12 months ending in March 2018.
Mr Hinds told talkRADIO’s Cristo Foufas: “This knife crime involves the community, especially those that are disproportionately affected by the violence.
“Unfortunately, that is my community – the black community – we are on the ground so we see exactly what is happening, I have been involved since 2004 and I have gone to far too many funerals.
“I've been to six funerals this year of people under 25 who have all died from violence.
“So personally what I am crucially seeing is that any steps are going to make a difference.”
'Draconian use' of stop and search
Mr Hinds, the chair of a group that monitors the police’s use of stop and search, does not think increasing stop and search in the areas will help.
“The Draconian use of getting more police in to do more stop and search can exacerbate the problem,” he said.
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“Stop and search is only one of the tools that can be used but it is also how it is applied.
“That is very important because four out of five stop and searches lead to no further action.
“The interaction could be very damaging to the person on the receiving end.
“As an example, if you have gone through a bad stop and search experience and you happen to see someone who got stabbed, or you have got intelligence about who did the stabbing, you are less likely to go and give that intelligence to the police.”