GUN CRIME in Havering rose by 17 per cent from 2015 to 2016, according to newly released figures from the Met.
The number of gun crimes recorded as happening in Havering by the the end of December 2015 was 59. By the end of December 2016, the number had risen to 69.
Councillor Osman Dervish, cabinet member for community safety at Havering Council, said officials were urging more people to relinquish their weapons for the Met’s #giveupyourguns week.
He said: “Illegal guns are a blight on our society, and the sooner these weapons are turned over to the police, the safer our communities will be. The council is using social media to get the message out there and we hope people are listening.”
The Met’s ’#giveupyourgun’ campaign, launched on Monday, February 6, was a week long firearm surrender allowing people to give up their weapons without giving personal details to the police.
Unmesh Desai, London assembly member for city and east, condemned the rise in gun crime and the wider social impact on communities.
“It is extremely worrying to see gun crime going up in and across the capital. Every single incident brings misery to the individuals involved, and to their family and friends,” Mr Desai said.
A total of 420 gun crimes were committed across London last year, an increase of 22 per cent, with one of Havering’s neighbouring boroughs also seeing a rise.
Barking and Dagenham has experienced a 22 per cent increase in gun crime, with 66 committed by the end of December 2016 as opposed to 54 by the end of December 2015.
Anyone who believes they know someone illegally possessing a firearm can ring police via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.