Boris Johnson said “absolutely everything” is being done to tackle violent crime, after a mother and former Conservative Party activist pleaded with him for help following her only son’s stabbing death.
Sven Badzak, a 22-year-old aspiring lawyer from Maida Hill, west London, was killed and his friend is fighting for his life after they were chased and attacked by a group in Kilburn, north-west London, at around 5.30pm on Saturday, Scotland Yard said.
Jasna Badzak, 49, a former Conservative activist, posted a picture on Twitter of her only son with Boris Johnson and pleaded with the Prime Minister to help bring his killers to justice.
Mr Johnson said today he was concerned there could be a “rebounding” in crime figures as the country emerges from lockdown, and said efforts are being made to ensure a “tough policing policy response” and also to “make sure that kids, young people, have other things to do, they don’t get sucked into the nihilistic culture of these gangs”.
He said there has been “some success” on that front, but added: “That’s no consolation, I know, to a grieving mother, but we are doing absolutely everything we can to fight those gangs.”