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Mayor admits to deteriorating 999 response times across the whole of London

The Metropolitan Police are regularly redirecting nighttime 999 calls to other police forces, the Mayor of London has admitted in response to questioning by Caroline Pidgeon. Over June, July and August, the Met diverted 2,820 emergency 999 calls to other police forces to handle.

In response to questioning the Mayor has also admitted:

    A public health approach to tackling serious violence in London is long overdue

    Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor's announcement that he is starting a new Violence Reduction Unit of specialists in health, police and local government to deliver a public health approach to tackling the causes of violent crime, said:

    “This initiative is welcome and should have been adopted long ago.

    Keeping children in police cells overnight is unacceptable and shames our justice system

    The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has called on the Mayor and borough councils to urgently work together to provide suitable accommodation suitable for children detained in the capital. Despite the fall in the numbers of children arrested, many are still detained in police cells alongside adult offenders.

    Supporting the committee's report, Caroline Pidgeon said:

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