Former chief superintendent says violence could worsen amid police cuts and social inequality

A former senior police officer has warned that Scotland Yard appears to have lost control of London’s streets and has accused the Met leadership of a “deafening” silence as the capital’s murder toll for the year moved past 50 and provoked demands for urgent action.

The day after two further murders in Hackney, London, Victor Olisa, the Met’s former head of diversity and head of policing in Tottenham, said he feared that the violence could get worse.

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