‘Drug dealing too often goes unchallenged in Finsbury Park’
Jeremy Corbyn convenes top-level meeting to tackle 'Finsbury Park crime'
12 July, 2019 — By Calum Fraser
Police at the scene on Monday night when one man was shot and another was stabbed
JEREMY Corbyn convened an emergency meeting after a spate of stabbings and a rise in residents reporting visible drug dealing and gang activity in the Finsbury Park area.
Frank discussions at the top level private meeting, held at the Finsbury Park Mosque, found that the single factor connecting all the crime, from gang violence to prostitution, was drugs.
The minutes from the meeting note that drug dealing and open drug use too often go “unchallenged.”
This includes people openly smoking of marijuana on the streets and “middle-class” buyers picking party drugs “unaware of or uninterested in the harm they are perpetuating elsewhere in the community.”
Islington’s top police officer, borough commander Raj Kohli, as well as a string of councillors and community leaders, were present at the meeting.
A police briefing note said that Finsbury Park is the “most prolific” area for drug misuse in Islington, including hotspots such as the Blackstock Triangle area, Woodfall Park, Moray Road and Quill Street.
It is reported that the purity of drugs in the area has increased.
But the police believe the drugs market is not being controlled by one gang, instead the area is a like of bazaar for different sellers.
The group of community leaders resolved to double down on efforts to encourage the public to keep reporting crimes.
They want to reassure the public that reports add up to create vital intelligence that allows officers to make the kind of raids that were seen across the borough two weeks ago when seven people were arrested and thousands of pounds of class A drugs were seized.
There was also a pledge to install CCTV cameras “where the evidence supports” this move.
The borough grandees also decided to place greater emphasis on supporting children to make the transition from primary to secondary school, “which can be a period of vulnerability.”