London Experiences Over 140 Gun Crime Incidents in the Past Year

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London Experiences Over 140 Gun Crime Incidents in the Past Year

London has recorded more than 140 gun crime incidents over the past year, with a total of 145 firearms offences and eight gun-related murders since March 2023. Despite these figures, the Metropolitan Police have reported significant progress in reducing gun crime.

Gun Crime Statistics

While over half of the criminals involved in these incidents are prosecuted, the Met Police continue to intensify their efforts to combat gun crime. The past year has seen the lowest number of gun-related offences in the last 15 years.

Decrease in Firearms Incidents

Firearms incidents have decreased from 196 in 2022/23 to 145 in 2023/24. Gun-related murders have also been reduced from 12 to eight over the last three years. The Met’s specialist detectives utilize data, forensics, and technology to locate illegal guns and apprehend the criminals involved.

Targeted Operations and Success Stories

In several London boroughs, targeted operations have led to significant reductions in gun crime. Notably, Harrow, Brent, and Barnet have not recorded a single gun-related murder since 2020, compared to at least one fatal shooting each year from 2014 to 2020. Similarly, Lambeth and Southwark have seen a 44 per cent reduction in gun crimes over the past year.

Statement from Met Commander

Met Commander Paul Brogden, responsible for specialist crime, emphasized the ongoing efforts to combat gun crime. Guns destroy lives and communities. The recent shootings in parts of London are a sad reminder that there is still work for us to do when it comes to cracking down on illegal firearms. My thoughts are with those affected.”

He assured that the Met will remain “relentless” in pursuing criminals who use and supply guns, striving to make London a safer place and bring justice to victims and their families.

Case Highlight: Tyrese Miller

One of the tragic victims of gun crime was 22-year-old Tyrese Miller, who was shot dead in Croydon last year in a case of mistaken identity. A man has since been convicted for manslaughter, and two others for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Tyrese’s mother, Jackie Taylor, expressed her grief: “I worry that if this can happen to Tyrese, it can happen to anyone. Once you met Tyrese, you never forgot him. He was loved. He was the centre of our family. No mother should have to bury their son like I have.”

Conclusion

The Met Police’s ongoing efforts and targeted operations have made significant strides in reducing gun crime in London. However, the recent incidents are a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done to ensure the safety of all residents.

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