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Council support needed to clear knives off streets

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Knives collected in amnesty box
Courtnay Barratt
The 19 knives collected in an amnesty box

A volunteer group that managed to take 19 blades off the streets this weekend alone is calling for council support.

Binning Knives Saves Lives is a campaign headed by people who give up their free time to talk to young people and their families about the dangers of carrying knives.

They take an amnesty box around the borough, and persuade young people to hand over knives they are carrying.

On Saturday 18 May alone the group collected 19 blades, ranging from small pocket knives to a machete-like blade.

The group believes it is doing valuable work, but is becoming frustrated by a lack of support from Waltham Forest Council.

Courtney Barratt, a member of the campaign, said: “I am wondering why we have had no help from Waltham Forest Council if they are backing new anti-knife crime organisations.

“We have surpassed other organisations in successfully getting through to parents and youths, making them aware of the dangers of owning and carrying knives. We take loads of knives off the streets of Waltham Forest with our Knife Amnesty Bin.

“We are inundated with other organisations and councils wanting us at their events because they have seen us on the news and see the good work we do and the success we have had.

“We have got this far totally unfunded, and I have paid for everything myself. Now my money has run out so we are extremely concerned that we will not be able to continue what we do for much longer.”

Waltham Forest Council did not respond to a request for comment.

Man 'critically injured' after Mitcham stabbing

A man is in hospital with life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Mitcham this afternoon, the Met Police has confirmed.

Officers were called to Lammas Avenue at 12:00 BST to reports of two males fighting - one of the men suffered injuries to his leg and arm.

The Met say a Section 60 order has been put in place throughout different parts of Mitcham while initial investigations are being carried out.

There have been no arrests as yet.

Arrested teen girl 'hit with baton and Tasered'

The Metropolitan Police is being investigated over "the level of force" used to detain a teenage girl in Newham who was hit with a baton and Tasered.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) became aware of the incident which happened on 8 May at about 19:20 on Roman Road.

IOPC's Sal Naseem said: "Having reviewed the complaint and viewed body worn video footage of the incident we decided that this matter requires an independent investigation.

"It is important for everyone involved that we understand the circumstances surrounding this incident."

The Met Police said it made the referral to the IOPC.

Battersea baseball bat murder sentencing delayed

Ian Tomlin
Met Police

The sentencing of two men convicted of the murder a man who was beaten to death and stabbed outside his home in Battersea, has been delayed.

Ian Tomlin, 46, was attacked inside the communal area of his block of flats in October by Gary Beech, 48, and Michael Swan, 45.

Mr Tomlin (pictured) was struck so hard the bat "split", the Old Bailey heard during the trial.

Beech, of Cromwell House, and Swan, from Wandsworth, were due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey today - however Swan has requested a new barrister to represent him.

Judge Rebecca Poulet told the defendant that he would be expected to represent himself if he could not arrange a new lawyer within the next two weeks.

The judge told Mr Tomlin’s family how sorry she was the sentencing could not proceed today.

Beech, of Charlotte Despard Avenue, and Swan, of Enterprise Way, are due to be sentenced on 31 May.

Thanksgiving service to mark 100 years of women in the Met

Met Police

Thousands of serving and retired police officers, police staff, their families and friends will gather at Westminster Abbey today for a special service of thanksgiving to mark 100 years of women police officers in the Met.

This event echoes the service of 100 years ago held at the Abbey to honour the fallen police officers of the First World War.

That service, on 17 May 1919, was the first occasion where female Met officers wore their uniforms in public.

One hundred years ago today, on 17 May 1919, Met Police women appeared in public for the first time at a special service at Westminster Abbey held to honour the losses of officers in the first world war. A century on, in 2019, I am delighted that Westminster Abbey will once again host a unique service and welcome on this occasion not just a handful, but thousands of Met police women, who will represent even more of their colleagues."

Cressida DickMet Commissioner