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Armed police are to carry out routine patrols in London to combat gun carrying drug gangs. In an unprecedented move for British policing a team of 18 constables armed with sub-machineguns, led by an inspector and two sergeants, will operate permanently in “hotspots” in Brixton, Haringey and Tottenham. The officers, from the Met's Specialist Firearm Command SO19, will patrol estates and streets to prevent shootings and stabbings. The move, which follows a 30 per cent surge in gun crime in London this year, will be the first time in Britain that armed officers have been put on permanent patrol.The officers — some on motorbikes — will be armed with Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machineguns capable of firing up to 800 rounds per minute and Glock semi-automatic pistols. The patrols will begin next month after a series of pilot schemes in recent weeks.Inspector Derek Carroll told Jane's Police Review: “A lot of streets in London have young people in postcode gangs, aged 14 and upwards, and a lot of communities feel that they are controlling areas of estates. We are looking at gangs that have access to firearms and will be robust in dealing with them.” Mr Carroll said that one of the key aims would be to ease residents' fears by providing a visible sign that police were taking their concerns seriously. The latest Met figures show that the number of gun crimes in September rose from 230 last year to 300 this year. Over the last six months gun crime has risen by 17 per cent on last year, with 1,736 gun crimes reported in London between April and September this year — 252 more than the same period last year. This month it was revealed that the number of “war wound” attacks — in which gang members shoot each other in the legs for “disrespect” — have more than doubled to 72 this year compared with the whole of last year. Chief Inspector Neil Sharman, of SO19, said that the new patrols would be a significant change in tactics: “We have traditionally provided a response to gun crime. This new unit sees a move towards a more proactive approach to deal with weapons.”Although armed Met officers can often be seen on the streets, they have previously been restricted to guarding sites and individuals deemed at risk.
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Next headlines will be..."Youth reaching for his phone is mistakenly shot 9 times"

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its supposed to be starting next monthhow quickly will it spread to other areasi always see them lambeth cctv smart cars driving around

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only question i gt is silenced mp5 or with red dotblue camo
+stopping powerExtreme conditioning3x special grenades (stun)

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wow smhand pl saying good. do what kind of violantion this is to good pl living the these areasthey could find other ways to prevent crimeallow picking up ur little brother from school and a police man with a mach walks past nodding

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see these pricks on my way to work every time without failnearly had a heart attack the 1st time. went from running to catch a bus to walking with a quicknessllow gettin sprayed by them long cod guns. terrible news was that jean charles guy not lesson enough

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ye i saw this aswell, said its starting in 'the worst crime ridden estates'this country is in such a downward spiral
so true

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Next headlines will be..."Youth reaching for his phone is mistakenly shot 9 times"
:!: +All this after what happened to jean charles de menezesSMH

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brixton and the surrounding areas are on a gentrification tip anywaythis will flush out the last remaining poor people

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Next headlines will be..."Youth reaching for his phone is mistakenly shot 9 times"
Sad thing is I really can see this happening.
It happened in America, and an incident with a remote control lol. After what happened at the G20 protests where the police killed a man for trying to get home and they have already killed a man for running to a train, I really do not see how giving them guns is a step in the right direction. Sooner or later we will have what people wish for and capital punishment will be back.

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