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Mayor Khan Wants To Ban Assault Cars In Parts of London #crime #terrorism #London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled his plan to help stem the prevalence of vehicular terror attacks throughout the UK capital Friday; announcing his proposal to “ban cars” in certain areas to help save pedestrians and bicyclists from future assaults.

According to Politico, Khan wants to “ban cars” from Parliament Square and other tourist hotspots throughout the city. Three people were injured outside Parliament Thursday after a man intentionally drove his vehicle into a group of bicyclists.

“I think there would be lots of challenges if we would do the whole square. It is a thoroughfare for cars, vehicles and commercial deliveries going through London,” Khan told the BBC. “So it’s possible to have a designed solution … in keeping our buildings and people as safe as we can do. And also not losing what is so wonderful about our city that is a vibrant democracy, people can walk around safely.”

Police arrested a 29-year-old British citizen originally from Sudan — whom British media have identified as Salih Khater — on suspicion of committing the attack. Police say he drove with his Ford Fiesta from Birmingham to London late on Monday night. Just before the attack, police say he had been driving around the area of Westminster and Whitehall for about and hour and a half.

Authorities have so far raided two properties in Birmingham and Nottingham in connection to the investigation, and are also searching another address in Birmingham.

There’s another bit of the Mayor’s attitude toward his subjects, er… constituents on display this week and it has to do with the city’s ban on knives. Hizzoner wants all the young folks to know that bad things happen if you carry a knife and it has nothing to do with criminals.


All of this comes after an intense campaign of “knife control” initiated by the feckless Mayor.

An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new “knife control” policies designed to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of Londoners looking to cause others harm.

The “tough, immediate” measures involve an incredible police crackdown, a ban on home deliveries of knives and acid, and expanding law enforcement stop-and-search powers so that police may stop anyone they believe to be a threat, or planning a knife or acid attack.

Khan announced Friday that the city has created a “violent crime taskforce of 120 officers” tasked with rooting out knife-wielding individuals in public spaces, and is pumping nearly $50 million dollars into the Metropolitan Police department so that they can better arm themselves against knife attacks. He’s also empowering the Met Police to introduce “targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected,” according to a statement.

London has seen more than 50 homicides already in 2018, but is still dwarfed by Chicago’s murder rate.

Most of the city’s murder victims have been stabbed to death, as guns are tightly restricted in Britain and shootings are relatively rare, reports Fox News.

If the bloody trend continues, London will far surpass the 130 murders in 2017 and reach a number not seen since the early 2000s.

In February and March, London hit the unwanted milestone of recording more homicides than New York, the first time in modern history, as Fox News previously reported.

The cities are roughly the same size, with more than 8 million people, and have similar extremes of poverty and wealth, but London has never recorded more murders in a year than the U.S. metropolis. New York had 290 homicides in 2017, the lowest number in decades.

There are multiple candidates to blame for the city’s rising homicide rate, investigators have said. Police and community workers say London’s surge is driven in part by battles over control of the illegal drug trade and a “postcode war” between street gangs.


James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 20th, 2018


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