Doesn’t Compute…

Hackney’s top police chief has admitted his force can’t get to grips with the borough’s knife culture.

Maybe you aren’t speaking to the right people?

Speaking at a passionate public debate on how to make Hackney safer, Det Ch Supt Simon Laurence said his officers, and other authorities, had to find a way to stop the problem.

He was joined on the panel at City Academy, Homerton, on Tuesday by deputy mayor Cllr Sophie Linden, who is the council’s crime safety boss, Cllr Carole Williams and three Hackney success stories; founder of community organisation Salaam Peace Dr Sabir Bham, author and youth worker Emeka Egbuonu and barrister Tunde Okewale.


Mr Okewale explained the thinking of people who carry knives by recounting an incident from his time at Cardinal Pole school when a man ran in and stabbed someone in the corridor.

“There were lots of people who didn’t want to carry one but thought if they didn’t they would become a victim,” he said.

Really? And yet, this is the attitude so often mocked by the hoplophobes when those in the US demand concealed carry.

But because it’s Hackney, we are supposed to now sympathise?

Others said the authorities were reacting to the problem too late, and children needed to be taught from an early age about the dangers.

‘From an early age’? Well, isn’t that down to parents, rather than authorities?

Other audience members echoed Mrs Burns’ comments that a lack of resources was merely an obstacle to overcome.

One young man had set up Young Pro Mag, a magazine written by youngsters who don’t make it as professional footballers, to help keep them off the streets.


H/T: wiggia via email

7 comments for “Doesn’t Compute…

  1. Henry Kaye
    April 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    As a youngster I was born and brought up in the Hackney area. Being so young I don’t, of course, know anything about the criminal activities at that time but I’m pretty sure there wan’t the kind of problem they’re experiencing today. What is different? The people who are today’s residents! As we are being “repopulated” so the crime statistics become more dire.

  2. April 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    “”Hackney’s top police chief has admitted his force can’t get to grips with the borough’s knife culture.”” Its the company he keeps, perhaps?

  3. Hereward Unbowed.
    April 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    One has to relate that, now the PC PC’s aka London Met or as they are now known ‘the girls blouses in blue’ no longer operate the ‘sus’ laws and its stop and search policy (Theresa stopped all that malarky – Mz May is a darling one of the ‘crew innit’ allied to the scum party of Hattie Harperson’s lot – the left wing Cultural Marxist looking glass world) – knife crime has ‘shot up’ …..
    “wot? Shurely shome er………… not again”.

    Well, no shit Sherlock.

  4. mona
    April 14, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Black knives matter.

  5. Cascadian
    April 14, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    “We’ve had no money whatsoever,” she said. “But if your heart is in it you can get stuff done without money.”

    Well that’s one way to get the Chief Inspector to ignore you.

    He wants many more social worker/plod drones “studying” the issue in nice safe offices, let’s ignore this ignorant walking-the-beat and stop-and-search nonsense.

  6. April 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Clearly they need guns in their hands.

  7. Penseivat
    April 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Simply add 5 years (before parole) to any knife using criminal offence. Plus, stop twinning HMPs with Butlins. I would suggest this would concentrate the mind somewhat.

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