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Police in Lawless London should use new hi-tech cameras to scan yobs for knives and slash crime, Sadiq Khan's Tory challenger says

POLICE in Lawless London should use hi-tech cameras to scan yobs for knives and slash crime, Sadiq Khan's Tory rival has demanded.

Shaun Bailey wants to use thermal imaging scanners to catch people concealing weapons, as he says the current stop and search policy isn't working.

He wants the Met to cough up £800,000 for American software to deploy in hotspot boroughs like Haringey, Enfield, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Southwark and Lambeth.

If he becomes London Mayor it would be rolled out at major events such as News Year's Eve, Notting Hill Carnival, and the Winter Wonderland festival in Hyde Park to help stop the bloodshed on London's streets.

Crime has spiralled in recent years, with murder rate the highest in over a decade, the latest figures showed.

Mr Bailey, who wants to replace Mr Khan in 2020, said today: "We need a new approach to stop and search because the current one is becoming less effective.

"This approach will target criminals in high traffic areas – not in a decade, not in a year, but right now.

"The current London Mayor has failed to show any real initiative in grappling with these issues."

Figures from the Mayor's Violent Crime Taskforce show that out of more than 5,000 stop and searches, just 573 arrests have been made.

This approach will target criminals in high traffic areas – not in a decade, not in a year, but right now

But cops claim the increase in the searches has reduced knife attacks.

It's the fourth year in a row there's been an increase in knife crimes in Britain – and London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he'd done all he can to fight it.

He claims he's raised council tax as much as possible to help pay for more police, but is powerless against other cuts.

More than one in seven homicides took place in London last year.

The Thermal Matrix tech uses infrared technology, and target algorithms to to scan crowds and identify knifes, guns, bombs and other weapons.

Sensors can read heat emerging from the body and can tell when there's anything that is hidden that could be blocking it – which shows up on computers in a different colour.

The firms General Manager, Robert McDaniel said: "We believe our software and hardware would give London’s Metropolitan Police Force the edge they need in their fight against violent crime.

"No other system provides such advanced, accurate and reliable concealed object detection systems."

Mr Bailey has also called for 1,000 extra cops on the streets to stem the flow of violent crime in the capital.

He told The Sun last year that the current mayor was "emboldening criminals" by failing to crack down on them.

The Mayor's office has been approached for comment.


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