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Sadiq Khan lambasted by Tory candidate Bailey: ‘Crime out of control in London'

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Reece Young was attending a vigil dedicated to the victim of another knife attack when he was stabbed to death. The victim had been knifed to death on the same street weeks earlier. Mr Young’s stabbing was the 30th killing investigation launched by the Met Police this year.

Now, Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate for London Mayor, has launched a scathing attack on Mr Khan claiming “crime is out of control” across the capital.

He tweeted: “Crime is out of control in London.

“I’ve been a youth worker for 20 years.

“I know how to address the causes of crime.”

He went on to say how the capital needs “8,000 new police, 4,000 new youth workers” and said he would “reopen 38 police stations”.

Mr Bailey continued: “We can make London safe – but we need a fresh start.”

Mr Khan proposed a further £8million of new council tax funding in additional violence prevention programmes.

The Labour Mayor is still favourite to win re-election next month.

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The week before, a man was rushed to hospital with stab injuries following an incident in Pimlico.

Another man died after being stabbed in Walthamstow days before and at the start of March, a teenager was found with injuries and was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Following the stabbing in Pimlico, Mr Khan was lambasted by rival mayoral candidate Brian Rose who branded the current Mayor “apathetic” in the wake of a string of knife attacks.

Mr Rose also hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and branded him a “coward”.

He said: “Will politicians finally start to pay attention now that London’s spate of stabbings have spread to the outskirts of Westminster?

“Londoners have been abandoned by both their apathetic Mayor and cowardly Prime Minister.”

He continued: “This is what happens when politicians are more concerned about statues than stabbings.

“Despite a spate of attacks in and around the city, and outrage over the lack of safety on the capital’s streets, Sadiq Khan’s most high-profile intervention has been to set up a commission to examine statues – and the Government has proposed jailing people for up to ten years for damaging monuments.

“This is the second stabbing in Pimlico alone in recent weeks – if our politicians have abandoned leafy Pimlico, just down the road from Parliament, then they have abandoned the whole city.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Sadiq Khan’s office for comment.



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