Editor’s comment: No snitching mentality about knife crime is costing lives

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 July 2018

Det Sup Neil Matthews has made a plea to the public. Picture: JON KING

Det Sup Neil Matthews has made a plea to the public. Picture: JON KING


This week Det Sup Neil Matthews from the East Area Command Unit issued a plea to the public.

This week Det Sup Neil Matthews from the East Area Command Unit issued a plea to the public.

He is asking for your help to tackle knife crime in Barking and Dagenham and the two neighbouring boroughs Havering and Redbridge.

I agree with him 100 per cent that the public need to play a part and here’s why – because this ridiculous ‘no snitching’ mentality is costing lives.

Young lives.

I have two friends who have lost their stepsons to knife crime and through the course of my work I have met so many grieving mothers and fathers whose children have been killed through knife crime I have actually lost count how many there are.

In many of these cases their loved ones were stabbed to death in front of hoards of people yet the police struggle to get witness accounts.

Thus the killer goes free and so the circle continues.

What circle you may ask? The circle consists of a swaggering killer who knows they can walk the streets a free person because no one will speak to the police.

This gives the confidence to other killers to carry out their crimes knowing they have relative impunity because of the wall of silence that protects them.

I believe until that wall is demolished knife crime will continue increasing.

I know there’s trust issues with some members of the public and the police but you can always pick up the phone and call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No one asks any questions they are just grateful for the information.

So there really is no excuse.

Let’s get this wall smashed to pieces and save lives.

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