published: 30 November 2018
In a week which has seen young people stabbed, shot at and murdered, police have vowed armed police WILL patrol crime hot spots. On Friday, London’s Met Police announced it will consider permanently deploying firearms officers in areas “where gang activity is likely”.
So far in 2018, the number of violent deaths in London has reached 127, surpassing 116 killings throughout 2017. In Birmingham and the West Midlands, though, violence has surged once more and blood continues to spill out onto the streets.
Last Saturday, 16-year-old Jaydon James was killed after he was stabbed while out with friends in Coventry.
Less than 24 hours later, a 15-year-old boy screamed for help after he was chased and stabbed by a gang of five in Kingstanding. And, on Wednesday, an 18-year-old suffered gunshot wounds after being blasted while sitting alone in his car in Alum Rock .
West Midlands Police, meanwhile, in response to colleagues in London possibly conducting armed foot patrols, confirmed rifle-carrying officers are already stationed “where armed criminality is an issue”.