In the interest of being seen to do something, the Met today announced a ramp up of "stop and search" powers in "areas blighted by stabbings". That's pretty much everywhere in London, then.
Assistant Commissioner Tim Godwin admitted that the measures would be "fairly in your face." Apparently the deployment of the 15 strong team had been planned for some time and now rushed forward as a reaction to the latest, depressing string of killings.
He then said that searches would be carried out "sensitively, professionally and with a smile". That seem sinister to anyone else?
The announcement comes alongside news that 2 teenage men have been arrested in relation to the fatal stabbing on Oxford Street of Steven Bigby the day before yesterday. And that, hand in hand with reports that the victim himself was "awaiting trial for the rape of a 16-year-old girl and that, in a separate case, he was due to go on trial for wounding with intent and violent disorder."
A teenager is also in custody of the murder of Jimmy Mizen in Lee at the weekend.