Sir Steve Bullock has written to Lewisham Councillors about crime, in particular knife crime and what the council and its local partners are doing to try and tackle the problems:
The number of teenagers who have died recently in our borough and across London is tragic and we all need to think hard about what can be done to end this cycle of violence. There is no simple cause and neither will there be a simple solution. Many factors have contributed to the rise in violence and our response will also need to be multi-faceted. The Police, local communities and families all have a vital part to play and politicians must play a role as well.
I do not think it right for any politician at local or national level to use this issue to score political points. I expect the Government to respond and I welcome the plan that was launched by the Prime Minister here in Lewisham recently. That plan will not by itself solve the problem but it might make a difference – and every single life saved matters more than any political loss or gain.
We must not lose sight of the fact that it is only a minority of young people who are involved in crime and that the overwhelming majority of young people are a credit to their parents and make a positive contribution to our communities. And it is important to remember that although debate often and understandably focuses on teenagers, serious violent crime is most often committed by adults.
Read it all here.