Armed police officers to be ‘sent out on foot patrol to combat gangs’ in London as death toll soars to 120

ARMED cops could be sent out on foot patrol in the most violent areas of lawless London to combat gangs, the Met Police revealed.

But Commissioner Cressida Dick insisted the patrols would be “very short” and only undertaken in “extreme circumstances”.

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The plan comes amid a wave of stabbings and shootings in London with a murder toll of over 120 this year[/caption]

The proposed policy change comes amid a wave of gang violence that has contributed to the capital’s murder toll of more than 120 this year.

Last night Assistant Commissioner Sir Stephen House said armed patrols would be a temporary tactic in areas “where we have intelligence that serious violence is imminent”.

He added: “Any deployments would be done in consultation with local policing commanders and after a community impact assessment had been carried out.”

But critics told The Times that putting more firearms on the streets would simply incite more violence, not quash it.

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Cressida Dick, commisioner of the Metropolitan Police, said they would be ‘very short foot patrols in extreme circumstances’[/caption]

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Police chiefs are considering sending officers displaying high-power firearms to areas where ‘serious violence is imminent’[/caption]

They may also alienate communities in areas like Tottenham in North London and Newham in East London.

Lord Harris of Haringey, the former head of a Met Police watchdog, said: “It will be seen as provocative.

It will inspire fear rather than reassurance. It will hinder community confidence.”

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Lord Harris of Haringey, the former head of a Met watchdog, believes the new policy “will be seen as provocative’[/caption]

Armed cops on foot are currently restricted to areas at risk of terrorist attacks, such as Westminster.

The Met has recently been criticised over its tactic of using police cars to knock suspects off mopeds and scooters.



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