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Police review risk assessment form that 'targets' grime acts

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THE EVENING Standard reports Scotland Yard will review the risk assessment form for live music events in response to criticism that it unfairly targets grime, garage and RnB acts.

Sadiq Khan has asked the Met to look again at ‘form 696’ following a meeting with London’s artists, promoters and venues. Attendees at the meeting included DJ Ritu and DJ Danny Rampling as well as promoters and venues such as British Underground, Electric Brixton and the Roundhouse.

DJ and Producer Kwame Safo (Funk Butcher) said of the form: “Form 696 has always felt punitive for certain parts of the capital’s music community. This discussion will be a step in the right direction to redressing the grievances.”

The Mayor has also come under pressure from culture minister Matt Hancock who has described the form’s targeting of live music from minority backgrounds as an “injustice”.

Hancock told the Standard: “London’s live music scene needs support. We want to see an end to the use of form 696 which is too often a barrier to live music, and particularly targets acts from ethnic minority backgrounds.”

The form, which asks for names and contact details of all artists and promoters is intended to help clubs, security and police collaborate to prevent violent crime.

Khan said: “This risk assessment shouldn’t compromise the capital’s vibrant grassroots music industry or unfairly target one community or music genre, which is why the Met is reviewing their Form 696 process.”

Met Supt Roy Smith commented: “The use of the Form 696 enables us to provide advice and guidance on the risk posed by an event and suggest measures which can be taken to manage those risks.

“So far in 2017 no events have been cancelled at the request of the police following the submission of a Form 696. We welcome the opportunity to work with the music industry and the Mayor’s office to review the process.”

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