Mayor of London Sadiq Khan shows a clear link between poverty in the capital and the rise in serious youth violence. The data revealed that the poorest areas of London are most likely to experience the highest levels of serious crime among youngsters. The data also indicates a rise in knife crime across major cities.
Mr. Khan said that he is funding 43 summer projects for helpless youngsters. He said that he will also be appealing to the government for more funds. Since 2012, London has experienced a rise in killings and 2018 was the worst year on record for the city for a decade.
The study further says that the poorer an area of the city is, the higher the rates of youth violence are supposed to be. Richmond upon the Thames has recorded the lowest level of youth violence in the capital and it is also the least deprived borough in the city. The highest rates of youth violence were recorded in Tower Hamlets, east London, which is the poorest area in England, said the study.
Based on the relationship between youth violence and poverty, several other statistics were also revealed which includes rates of adolescent mental health, teenage pregnancies, and domestic abuse. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said in March there was “some link” between falling police numbers and a rise in violent crime.
Mr. Khan told sources, “There are still some who say that to acknowledge this link between poverty, deprivation and crime is somehow to excuse criminality and to let the criminals off the hook. I say this is dangerous rubbish.”
“There’s never any excuse for criminality. But we have to face the reality that for some young people growing up today, violence has become normalized,” he added.
“And – with hope at rock bottom… turning to crime and gangs have become an all too easy route to satisfy the lure of gaining respect and money – however misguided this is,” the Mayor further stated. Mr. Khan said he was paying £360,000 into 43 projects intended to work with 3,500 young people who are at risk of getting involved in crime.