Sunday, June 10, 2018

Moped muggings in London - crime epidemic driven by bumper cocaine harvest

Over the past year there have been 60 moped muggings in London every day. Scotland Yard received 22,025 crime reports linked to scooters, mopeds and motorcycles in the 12 months to May – a year-on-year rise of 50%.

In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in one week and 283 people were arrested for carrying them. A report pins the blame for the current crime epidemic to an “excess supply” of cocaine and crack cocaine.
The report, marked “official sensitive”, also found the supply of firearms was on the rise and noted that the seizure of automatic weapons had more than doubled in two years. It's a toxic cocktail of a more aggressive and profitable drug market in the context of eight years of police cuts.

The government's years of austerity have created the conditions for violent crime to thrive in the City.