We have received an email from the Metropolitan Police regarding the recent spate of violent crimes in East London. They have asked that we pass it on. They wrote;
‘As a response to the recent violence, in Waltham Forest, Newham and other areas of London there has been an increase of police officers patrolling the streets, and this will continue. A range of intelligence led operations and patrols (Operation Sceptre) are taking place and you can expect to see an increase in the number of stop and searches taking place due to police utilising Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which allows officers to stop individuals in a certain area for a set amount of time. These powers will have been imposed where there is intelligence to suggest serious violence could take place.
We are doing all we can to protect young people, but sometimes this can be about the personal choices individuals make. If you carry a knife, you are more likely to be stabbed. By getting involved in criminality you could be putting yourself at risk. If you are arrested and charged with an offence it could have a serious impact on your future and career prospects.
There are dedicated police officers working in your schools, and I would ask that if you have any concerns regarding your own or another’s wellbeing, or any information which you believe would assist the police in these (or any other) investigations, please speak with a teacher or your school’s police officer, or if it is an emergency, phone 999.’