Search

Boris Johnson’s crime chief defends himself after Camden Town Hall rape gaffe

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:26 14 March 2014

Deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh (left) with London Mayor Boris Johnson

Deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh (left) with London Mayor Boris Johnson

Archant

Boris Johnson’s crime chief was forced to defend himself after he stunned an audience by announcing he was “pleased” that rape is on the rise in Camden.

Stephen Greenhalgh, London’s deputy mayor for policing and crime, was addressing a public meeting at Camden Town Hall when he shocked many with his insensitive wording.

He said: “I’m actually pleased to see that rape is going up in Camden because that means that more people are prepared and confident to step forward.”

He was trying to explain that rape is not on a list of seven key crimes that the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has vowed to cut by 20 per cent by 2016, because it is a notoriously under-reported crime.

“Setting a crude target about reducing the level of recording of rape would be the wrong thing to do... a 31 per cent increase [in Camden] is something that should be seen as a marker of great confidence,” he added.

His phrasing drew criticism from many in the audience.

When pressed about the gaffe later on in the meeting, he replied: “I want to be absolutely clear that rape is a horrific crime, it’s a horrific crime to have to be raped.

“Setting a crude target to reduce the number of rapes is entirely the wrong way to go, that’s what I was trying to say.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express