London streets ‘not safe enough’: Liz Truss slams mayor Sadiq Khan for not doing more to tackle crime in the capital
The streets of London are not safe enough for women, Liz Truss warned today.
The PM demanded more action from mayor Sadiq Khan as she was asked whether she was happy for her teenage daughters to be out in the capital.
A series of stabbings recently have raised fresh concerns about crime in London, with new Scotland Yard commissioner Mark Rowley vowing to ‘target dangerous individuals’.
In an interview with LBC at the Tory conference in Birmingham, Ms Truss said: ‘We need to do more to make our streets safer and one of the important points about generating economic growth is it will help us afford more police officers.
‘It will help us make sure that we are properly protecting our streets.
‘But if you’re asking me are streets in London safe enough? No, they’re not.’
Police officers at the scene of a stabbing in north London last week
Liz Truss (pictured in Birmingham today) was asked whether she was happy for her teenage daughters to be out in the capital
Pressed on what the government was doing to improve the situation, Ms Truss said: ‘The Home Secretary is going to be publishing league tables so that the public understand exactly what the situation is in the area.
‘I want to see the London Mayor do more to tackle crime in the capital. It isn’t good enough at the moment.’
Sir Mark was asked the same question after taking on his new role at the UK’s biggest police force and said he would be ‘happy’ for his daughters to walk around London at night.
He replied: ‘There are many men in the city, sadly, who are stalkers, they’re rapists, they’re involved in domestic violence.
‘The thing we bring to solving this problem, alongside other agencies who offer more supportive role to victims, the thing we bring most of all, is the ability to identify and target those dangerous individuals.’
Ms Truss demanded more action from mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) to tackle crime
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