UK POLICE FORCE RIDICULED FOR CONFISCATING A SPOON

UK Police Force Ridiculed For Confiscating a Spoon

Fighting violent crime one kitchen utensil at a time

A police force in the UK has been ridiculed for bragging about fighting knife crime by confiscating a spoon.

Regents Park Police said that a local charity shop had handed over a collection of potentially dangerous weapons to prevent criminals buying them.

“Yesterday we conducted weapons sweeps, dealt with a person injured from a van reversing on them, reported a burglary and collected all these from @scope charity shop who diligently didn’t want them to get into the wrong hands & disposed of correctly & safely,” said the police force in a tweet.

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Eagle-eyed observers soon noted that amongst the trawl of deadly weapons, most of which were cooking knives and letter openers, was a spoon.

That’s right. With violent crime soaring and street gangs becoming more vicious, police in London are confiscating spoons.

“They CHOSE to include the spoon,” commented journalist Tim Pool. “They could have just left it out. They really do think spoons are dangerous.”

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“Cereal killer,” joked another respondent.

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“If you can’t trust the new Londoners you imported to handle spoons without stabbing someone, perhaps you have a problem which requires more than spoon confiscation to solve?” asks Chris Menahan.

The same police force was also ridiculed last year for confiscating pliers, scissors and a screwdriver.

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The war on spoons doesn’t really seem to be helping reduce knife crime in the UK, which recently hit its highest level since records began.

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London Bloodsoaked After Five Stabbings in 24 Hours

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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One victim butchered with zombie knives in Snapchat video

London’s crime epidemic continues to spiral out of control as police were called to five stabbing incidents across the city in less than 24 hours, with one man’s killing by thugs wielding “zombie knives” broadcast on Snapchat.

Four of the attacks took place between 1:50pm and 9pm on Tuesday, the Daily Mail reports.

In east London, Alwi Jamal, 20, was found deceased outside Ilford train station.

Witnesses say Jamal was “slashed in the face” outside a betting shop and subsequently hunted down and killed.

“They chased after him, two people with knives – zombie knives, black with a silver blade,” one witness said. “They stabbed him in his chest. There was two of them. I’ve also seen the Snapchat video. It was a fight over money and drugs.”

In west London, a young man was discovered at South Ruislip station suffering from a stab wound to the stomach.

“I saw a school boy in uniform stabbed in the side and he didn’t look in a good way,” a witness said. “He was face down on the pavement and was shaking. Think he was in shock.”

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and doctors say his injuries are not life-threatening.

In Enfield, police responding to calls regarding an altercation found a man in his 30s with a stab wound to his thigh.

He was taken to hospital and later released.

Also in Enfield, three male suspects in their 20s were arrested under suspicion of attempted murder of a man who was critically injured in a stabbing attack.

In Romford, an 18-year-old man was treated for “serious” stab wounds by the London Ambulance Service.

London experienced its most deadly year in a decade in 2018 with 135 homicides, 76 of which were stabbings.

London also recently surpassed New York City’s murder rate for the first time ever.

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Ex-London Gangbanger: “I Don’t Know How Many People I’ve Stabbed”

Says knifing as normal as breakfast in UK capital

Friday, February 15, 2019

A former London gangbanger offered his own confirmation that England’s capital city is rife with violent crime during an interview with the BBC.

Robert Bragg, 26, told Radio 1 Newsbeat that stabbing people was an integral part of his way of life in London prior to serving a six-year prison sentence.

“I started carrying a knife when I was 12 because everyone was doing it at the time,” Bragg said. “To fit in more you had to do certain things so I started to stab people. I didn’t do it because I wanted to be bad.”

“To be honest with you, I’ve stabbed quite a lot of people.”

“If I was to sit here and count I wouldn’t be able to. People remind me, to this day, about people I’ve stabbed that I don’t remember,” Bragg continued. “It’s just one of them things: you wake up, you have your breakfast, you stab someone. It’s mad because we’re not actually thinking about damaging a life.”

Fatal stabbings in England are now at their highest levels since the government began keeping records in 1946.

Some 285 homicides were carried out via knife or sharp object in a single year ending March, 2018 — far outpacing any other type of killing, according to government statistics.

Victims and suspects in stabbing deaths are predominantly young men.

Bragg asserts he has found redemption through church and a search for God.

“I said to myself before I kill myself I’m going to try God and see if God has a plan for my life,” he said. “I went to church one day and I lifted my hands and said: ‘God if you’re real, help me.’”

“I was desperate enough to cry for help.”

KHAN’S LONDON: CHILDREN, TEENAGERS BEHIND HALF OF KNIFE CRIME

Khan’s London: Children, Teenagers Behind Half of Knife Crime

49 per cent of knife crime perpetrators in the capital are teenaged or younger, with 41 per cent of offenders aged between 15 and 19 and eight per cent aged between ten and 14

By Virginia Hale

Half of all knife crime in London is carried out by people aged 19 and under, and three quarters of offenders are from minority ethnic groups, the latest figures show.

Statistics from the London Metropolitan Police revealed that 49 per cent of knife crime perpetrators in the capital are teenaged or younger, with 41 per cent of offenders aged between 15 and 19 and eight per cent aged between ten and 14.

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, head of the Met’s Violent Crime Task Force, said the figures illustrate how “more and more young” people were getting caught up in knife crime.

“Violence is top of the agenda for the Met and knife crime injury victims under 25 are 15 per cent down,” he said, telling an event held by policy debate forum Westminster Insight that figures were “heading in the right direction”.

“Part of our success around this has been down to increasing our use of stop and search,” he explained, reporting a “significant” boost in the use of the tactic in recent months.

The police chief admitted officers have needed to “re-educate” themselves on the correct way to conduct a stop and search, with many losing the “art and skill” in the years since Theresa May, then home secretary, demanded drastic cuts to their use of the power, which she alleged was “unfair, especially to young black men”.

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Regarding the ethnic profile of people involved in knife crime, Mr Adelekan said that 73 per cent of offenders and 53 per cent of victims were from a black or ethnic minority background, the Evening Standard reports.

Knife crime in the capital reached a record high last year under London mayor Sadiq Khan, rising 15 per cent to reach 14,987 offences in total — a figure representing 38 per cent of all blade-related crime across England and Wales.

While the Labour mayor performed a U-turn on his campaign promise to slash the use of stop and search, other figures in his party remain fiercely opposed to the policing tactic, insisting the only solution to spiralling violence in the capital is further “investment” in youth activity centres and social work.

Other than his flip on stop and search, however, Mayor Khan has largely rejected pleas for a return to a law and order-style policing to tackle the problem, instead launching a “public health approach” to violent crime, which he continues to insist is a matter of insufficient funding from central government.

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Broken Britain: 2018 Acid Attack Victims Aged 11 to 72 in Cambridgeshire

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By Jack Montgomery

Acid attackers targetted victims including an 11-year-old child and a 72-year-old pensioner in the first few months of 2018 in Cambridgeshire, hitherto more famous for its university colleges and cathedrals than violent crime.

The handsome English county suffered a number of gruesome attacks between January and May 2018, according to Cambridgeshire Live, citing statistics uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act.

“We take acid attacks very seriously because they can often have a devastating effect on victims, particularly if they are young or otherwise vulnerable,” said a spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police — although they also claimed it was “important to note” that such attacks are “still very rare”.

This is certainly true if the numbers are compared to multicultural urban centres such as London, under Mayor Sadiq Khan, where such attacks now occur with frightening regularity — and police have even been issued with equipment designed for war zones to treat victims more efficiently.

However, the Cambridgeshire figures show nine people were victimised in the county between January and May 2018, compared to a total of 30 between 2012 and 2017 — suggesting a long-term increase in attacks.

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Across the country, an average of 15 acid attacks a week are carried out, with three-quarters taking place in London.

A slim majority of acid attacks in Cambridgeshire between 2012 and 2017 were inflicted on women, which on the surface would appear to be in line with the conventional view of victims as women from non-European “honour” cultures being punished for perceived social transgressions.

The United Kingdom goes against the grain in this respect, however, with victims predominantly male and perpetrators skewing disproportionately but not exclusively non-white, and South Asians not particularly overrepresented.

Instead, acid appears to be a weapon of choice for armed robbers, home invaders, and gang members of all backgrounds in Britain’s high diversity, low social cohesion cities, being used to intimidate or disable with little concern for the serious, long-term injuries they can inflict.

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