There have so far been over 100 suspected murders in the capital since the start of the year and London’s murder rate overtook New York for the first time.
Conservative Party councillor Shaun Bailey, who is one of three short-listed candidates hoping to secure the Conservative nomination in the 2020 London Mayoral election, expressed his shock at the harrowing statistics and said Londoners “need a leader”.
He told Express.co.uk: “The challenge for the Mayor is he promised when he ran to be a mayor that would focus on violent crime. It took 18 months to get a strategy.”
London Metropolitan Police statistics show that since Mr Khan took office in May 2016, criminal offences between July of that year to July 2018 have seen a 9.2 percent increase.
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This is literally the lives of Londoners so we do need a resolution here
Mr Bailey insisted the London Mayor’s violent crime strategy is only short-term and “slightly shallow”. He added: “With this spike in crime it looks like the mayor was caught on the back foot.”
Mr Bailey said one thing Londoners want most from Mr Khan is “leadership”. He added: “There is no silver bullet to solving crime, particularly violent crime in London.
The former advisor to David Cameron said there needs to be more guidance around mental health, prevention for young people and work preparedness in an effort to cut young adults’ exposure to crime.
He said: “Because it is so disparate, we need a leader – someone who can hang those things around. I think up until now, and let's see if it changes, the mayor has been quite weak on that and we'd hope that he would improve because this is beyond politics. This is literally the lives of Londoners so we do need a resolution here.”
London crime news: Shaun Bailey calls for better leadership from the mayor (Image: GETTY)
Londoners have also expressed outrage at both Sadiq Khan and the Government for lack of action to stop the violent crime.
John Speller said: “The thing is you don’t see them here do you? That’s what you want to do – see more policemen walking about. I feel alright myself, it’s the old ones that get mugged for nothing.
“Get the mayor out. Get the mayor in.
“If they vote for him tomorrow he’d be out. What’s he done? He keeps talking about taking motors off the road, he wants to do something about the crime.”
One North East London resident said “everyone feels scared” about the spate of violent crime in the capital. She said: “The crime rate is quite high now because before in the past we had policing all around to check on individuals and what is going on in the community. We don’t have that now. So it is quite a bit scary for people to come out.”
She added: “Of course I feel scared, everybody feels scared. We can’t even go out because maybe the next minute you are going to get cut up or something that you don’t really like. You don’t want to go out. It is really scary.”
Another Londoner said: "I think sometimes you have got hot spots in certain areas but whenever you get that sort of deprivation and you get sort of dissatisfaction of people in there who feel basically there is no way out of that deprivation.
"Then you’re going to get areas where there is no hope. I think the Government needs to look at that.
"Stop cutting off various areas. Invest in them. We don’t want coffee shops. We don’t want bistros. We want actual areas what develop young people’s skills, training and development.
"This is what we want. We don’t want any more bistros - we don’t want any of that. We want jobs, a future for our young people.
"And you’ll see a cut in crime because these young people have some aspirations to do something and that’s basically what I’ve got to say."
Express.co.uk asked Londoners whether they thought Sadiq Khan should be doing more to tackle crime (Image: Express)
A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan hit back at the comments and said: “The causes of the rise in violent crime are complicated, but have been made much worse by Government cuts of £1billion to the Met police and to youth services and charities that provide paths away from crime for young Londoners.
“Shaun Bailey started these cuts when he worked as a Special Adviser on Youth and Crime to David Cameron and George Osborne in Downing Street.
“It beggars belief that Ministers are trying to claim that there is no link between falling police officer numbers and rising crime and Londoners will not forgive Shaun Bailey for putting the interests of the Conservative Party before London by refusing to criticise the cuts that he started in Downing Street.”
Mr Khan has continuously blamed police cuts on the rise in violent crime. In July, the Mayor of London told Sky News: "The biggest reason, I think, is the cut in police numbers. We’ve seen over the last seven years in London a loss of more than 3,000 police officers, on top of that we’ve lost more than