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Damilola’s dad calls for authorities to act on knife crime

SPEAKING OUT: Richard Taylor (left) whose son, Damilola, was murdered in 2000

THE FATHER of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor has urged the next Mayor of London to tackle the issue of knife crime ‘once and for all’.

Damilola was 10-years-old when he bled to death in Peckham, south London, after being stabbed in the leg in 2000 and his father Richard has called for the next Mayor to take a firm stance on reducing knife crime in the capital.

Taylor told The Evening Standard: “Knife crime is still a huge issue for London. The problem is not going. It is still there. Something must be done.

“As someone who has been through it this makes me so disappointed. More and more families are suffering as a result of the negligence of the authorities. There has been a failure to address the problem properly.”

The mayoral elections take place on May 3 and Taylor is disappointed that current Mayor of London Boris Johnson has not dealt with knife crime more severely.

“If Boris wins he has to take this matter seriously,” said Taylor.

“There has been too little done. I was very disappointed. [Mr Johnson] wanted to. He is passionate about it. But the people around him were a barrier.”

Taylor added: “We need to hear what plans Ken has. Ken has been able to see the weaknesses of the present Mayor so he should be able to capitalise and do something about this.

“It has to be dealt with once and for all. It has to be handled with an iron fist.”

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