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Laurence Fox: Actor accuses Met Police ‘thugs’ of ‘harassment’ after officers visited his home

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Laurence Fox has accused Metropolitan Police ‘thugs’ of harassing him and making his youngsters cry after officers visited his home yesterday for the second time in two months.

The actor, who misplaced his £10,000 deposit after coming sixth within the London mayoral elections on the weekend, informed MailOnline that officers rocked up at his home over reviews of a celebration. 

Fox insisted he solely had his father, actor James Fox, spherical for dinner exterior, which is permissible below present lockdown legal guidelines. However, folks from completely different households can not meet indoors, until an individual lives on their very own, till May 17, when additional restrictions are lifted. 

Scotland Yard stated they acquired an internet report alleging that a big gathering was going down at Fox’s home in south London, and that officers who attended the deal with had been informed all current had been members of the identical family. A spokesman added that no motion was taken. 

On Twitter, the anti-woke Reclaim Party chief branded the pressure ‘thugs’ and informed Scotland Yard to ‘cease harassing my home and my youngsters but AGAIN’, including: ‘It makes them [his children] cry’.  

Fox additionally swiped: ‘Go clear up knife crime’ – a nod to what he described to MailOnline because the ‘completely horrendous’ epidemic of stabbings in London which has rocketed below Mayor Sadiq Khan’s watch and sparked fears of additional gang violence because the third nationwide lockdown is eased.

He was beforehand visited by Met Police officers in March forward of the City Hall elections, who warned him that his campaigning may very well be in breach of coronavirus restrictions.  

Speaking to MailOnline, an exasperated Fox stated: ‘I discover the truth that they got here to my door fairly iffy. Being visited by police on the idea of an nameless tip is a deeply troubling factor to occur in a democracy.

‘I used to be having dinner with my father when police rolled up exterior my home. They stated that they had acquired a report of a celebration, however I used to be simply having dinner with my father.’ He later stated the gathering was exterior.

‘It upset my youngsters an awesome deal, so I informed them the place to go and shut the door of their faces,’ Fox continued. 

‘I had ready a draft letter the final time I used to be visited to get the Met to come clean with what they did. But I’ve had some a lot thrown at me and I’ve been within the media a lot currently, that I simply need to lie low for some time now.’ 

A Metropolitan Police spokesman stated: ‘On Sunday, 9 May at 21:52hrs, police acquired an internet report alleging that a big gathering was going down at an deal with in Lambeth. Officers attended and spoke with these current who had been all discovered to be half of the identical family. No motion was taken.’

Laurence Fox arrives for the outcomes of the London mayoral election, on the City Hall in London 

Laurence Fox said he was having dinner with his father James Fox (pictured together at the Riverside Studios, London in 2014)

Laurence Fox stated he was having dinner with his father James Fox (pictured collectively on the Riverside Studios, London in 2014)

The actor, who lost his £10,000 deposit after coming sixth in the London mayoral elections at the weekend, told MailOnline that Metropolitan Police officers rocked up at his home in south London over reports of a party

The actor, who misplaced his £10,000 deposit after coming sixth within the London mayoral elections on the weekend, informed MailOnline that Metropolitan Police officers rocked up at his home in south London over reviews of a celebration

42789056 9561319 image a 2 1620637736962 42789054 9561319 image a 3 1620637736964 The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that offences involving knives or sharp instruments rose from 47,388 to 50,019 in England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has discovered that offences involving knives or sharp devices rose from 47,388 to 50,019 in England and Wales

London’s knife crime epidemic: How spate of revenge killings have sparked fears of bloody gang warfare as stabbings nation-wide rise

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In the previous 4 months, 12 youngsters have been stabbed to dying within the capital, and there are fears the killings might reignite the gang wars which have plagued the town throughout Sadiq Khan’s time period as London Mayor. 

Londoners cite crime as their No 1 concern however Khan’s critics accuse him of being preoccupied with traffic-calming measures and crippling will increase to the Congestion Charge.

Since Khan got here to workplace in May 2016, a minimum of 114 youngsters have been murdered. Of these, ten had been killed in Newham – together with two final month.

Last month, an 18-year-old was stabbed to dying in broad daylight  just some toes from his entrance door in Coolfin Road, Canning Town.

It emerged that the killing of Junior Jah got here 4 years after his brother Ahmed Jah, 21, was additionally stabbed to dying 150 yards from the scene in Freemasons Road as he went to purchase a gentle drink from a comfort retailer.

It sparked revenge assaults that yr that noticed the homicide of CJ Davis, 14, shot within the head beside a playground in north Newham, prompting fears {that a} bloody gang warfare might erupt.      

There had been additionally a quantity of acid assaults by thugs who made their getaways on mopeds. 

Annual Home Office statistics present that between April 2019 and March 2020, police recorded 4,344 threats to kill with a knife – a 22 per cent enhance on the earlier yr.

The quantity of robberies additionally went up from 18,518 to twenty,196, whereas there have been 20,425 knife assaults with intent to trigger severe hurt – roughly the identical because the earlier yr.  

The Times reported that the quantity of sexual assaults utilizing knives elevated from 156 to 196 however the quantity of rape offences involving knives fell eight per cent to 483 in the identical interval.   

The previous six years have seen an increase within the quantity of recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, following a beforehand downward pattern. 

The yr ending March 2020 was the best quantity because the yr ending March 2011, the earliest level for which comparable information can be found. 

It comes as ONS figures confirmed the quantity of knife offences in July to September 2020 elevated by 25 per cent to 12,120 offences.  

There was additionally a 13 per cent rise in ‘threats to kill’ offences involving a knife, up from 1,124 offences to 1,270, in comparison with the identical interval final yr.

Police warned there may very well be an analogous enhance when the nation comes out of lockdown, with a senior policing supply telling the Telegraph: ‘We anticipate to see crime throughout the board rise, knife crime, retail crime and public order will all achieve this as they did final time.’ 

Barnardo’s chief govt Javed Khan stated the 25 per cent rise after the primary lockdown gave ‘an thought of what may erupt as soon as restrictions are lifted and life begins to return to regular. 

‘Children and younger folks have spent months out of college and away from their help networks, leaving many susceptible to exploitation and management by felony gangs who’ve seized on the disruption,’ he added. 

‘With rising unemployment and poor job prospects, some younger persons are discovering it laborious to consider in a optimistic future, and see no various however to show to a harmful means of earning profits, carrying knives to guard themselves.’  

 

In a video of the March alternate shared by Fox on-line, the police stated he had been reported for breaking guidelines whereas campaigning. 

However, they admitted that that they had ‘no proof per se’ to help the grievance.

Fox, who launched the anti-woke Reclaim celebration to battle the ‘tradition wars’, slammed the Met’s ‘gentle intimidation’ and revealed he was taking authorized recommendation.

Speaking to MailOnline, the actor accused the pressure of investigating a ‘non-crime’ and stated he has ‘tons of questions’ for Scotland Yard.  

‘I really felt fairly sorry for the police officer I filmed,’ Fox stated. ‘He clearly did not know why he was there. No one did.

‘The police have been put in an unimaginable place, imposing these kinds of guidelines and investigating non-crimes reported by nameless snitches.

‘I’m within the course of of consulting authorized recommendation on the incident. We have tons of questions for the Met over what occurred and why.’ 

Fox referred to as the incident ‘a really worrying factor in a democratic society’, including: ‘We don’t stay in North Korea or China. We stay in Great Britain.’ 

The actor was dropped by his agent after he defended the British Press in opposition to fees of racism in opposition to Meghan Markle on Question Time final yr.

‘I’m fairly used to being intimidated, however that is not my concern,’ he stated. ‘I do not need anyone in London or the UK to be investigated for non-crimes.’ 

Yesterday Fox insisted that he’ll ‘march on’ after his London Mayoral defeat regardless of coming in sixth and racking up fewer votes than a YouTuber whose insurance policies included ‘shushing’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  

The actor misplaced his £10,000 deposit after successful simply 1.8 per cent of the vote, in contrast with Sadiq Khan’s 55 per cent. He misplaced to YouTuber Niko Omilana, however beat mayoral rivals Count Binface and Piers Corbyn.

Despite his election defeat, a supply near Fox struck an optimistic be aware and informed MailOnline final night time the Lewis star would proceed to ‘march on’ and ‘arise and communicate frequent sense to nonsense’. 

A senior supply added: ‘Reclaim is a long-term venture, London was enjoyable but it surely’s a really completely different demographic to the remaining of the nation.’ 

Fox stated on Twitter after the outcomes had been introduced: ‘Thank you a lot to the 47,634 of you who voted for me. I’m profoundly moved. Sleep effectively.’ 

Earlier, Fox was seen chatting to mayoral rival Count Binface, who acquired 24,775 votes and completed ninth, above Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers.

During the interplay shared on social media, Fox requested to the touch his opponent’s face and stated he was feeling ‘fairly chipper’ about his prospects. 

In his speech in entrance of the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London, he stated: ‘A yr in the past we lent our authorities our liberty for 3 quick weeks to flatten the curve and now, a yr on, they refuse to present again what by no means belonged to them within the first place.

‘There is not any motive we’re being stored in lockdown, we’ve been manipulated, frightened and outright lied to by this authorities, who as a substitute of trusting us to get on with our lives at the moment are flirting with much more authoritarian measures.’

He criticised the Government for refusing to rule out vaccine passports, and pledged to ‘take the politics out of policing’.

‘Police will police streets and never tweets,’ he stated. Fox additionally pledged to construct 250,000 new properties and conduct a ‘full audit’ of inexperienced belt land.

‘Precious landscapes (might be) preserved for eternity and unattractive scrubland (might be) remodeled into lovely and reasonably priced housing,’ he stated.

When requested how he was going to implement his insurance policies of defunding colleges and academies that train essential social justice or race principle, he stated: ‘It’s frequent sense.

‘You take the politics out of schooling, you’re taking the politics out of policing. You say to a trainer ‘do your job, train our youngsters easy methods to suppose, not what to suppose’.’

Reclaim has additionally promised free transport on all London bus and tube companies for six months from the election, one thing critics stated would bankrupt the community

Khan gained a second time period as mayor however with his majority hammered by Tory Shaun Bailey – and vowed to work to construct bridges with Boris Johnson’s authorities.

The Labour incumbent will serve a truncated new three-year time period after successful the election that was postponed from final yr as a result of pandemic.

Khan polled 1,206,034 votes to Bailey’s 977, 601, a majority of 228,433. With second desire votes included Khan gained 55 per cent of the vote, down from 57 per cent in 2016.  

In an indication that may please the Tories, Khan’s lead over Bailey is narrower than the 14-point win he achieved over Tory Zac Goldsmith in 2016. 

Fox was previously visited by Met Police officers in March ahead of the City Hall elections, who warned him that his campaigning could be in breach of coronavirus restrictions Fox was previously visited by Met Police officers in March ahead of the City Hall elections, who warned him that his campaigning could be in breach of coronavirus restrictions

Fox was beforehand visited by Met Police officers in March forward of the City Hall elections, who warned him that his campaigning may very well be in breach of coronavirus restrictions 

Fox tweeted back in March: 'Bit of mild intimidation to start the day from the boys in blue'

Fox tweeted again in March: ‘Bit of gentle intimidation to start out the day from the boys in blue’

Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, arriving at City Hall, London

Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, arriving at City Hall, London

However, it could elevate questions on how effectively the Tories might have completed if that they had put extra effort into supporting Bailey. 

Boris Johnson and his most senior ministers had been noticeable by their lack of appearances with him throughout his marketing campaign, whereas making repeated visits to Hartlepool and different targets.

In a speech from City Hall, Bailey stated: ‘As I went by these, for me what was two years of campaigning, one feeling felt acquainted to me, one problem had at all times felt the identical.

‘And that was the sensation of being written off – by pollsters, by journalists, by fellow politicians. But it is no shock to me that Londoners did not write me off.’ 

Khan stated he had been handed an ‘overwhelming mandate’. He gained round 40 per cent of first desire votes.   

Bailey centered his marketing campaign on the spiraling knife crime within the capital, attempting to color Khan as weak on regulation and order.

And congratulating the winner, Bailey informed him: ‘I hope you’re taking this chance to concentrate on the truth that individuals who seem like me are 4 occasions as prone to be murdered than individuals who seem like you.’   

Khan pledged to construct a ‘higher and brighter future’ for the capital following the coronavirus pandemic in his victory speech from City Hall.

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Fox was seen chatting to mayoral rival Count Binface, who acquired 24,775 votes

(Left to right) UKIP's Peter Gammons, Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, Social Democratic Party's Simon Kelleher and Renew's Kam Balayev

(Left to proper) UKIP’s Peter Gammons, Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, Social Democratic Party’s Simon Kelleher and Renew’s Kam Balayev

‘I need to say thanks from the underside of my coronary heart,’ he stated.

‘I’m deeply humbled by the belief Londoners have positioned in me to proceed main the best metropolis on earth.

‘I promise to pressure each sinew, assist construct a greater and brighter future for London, after the darkish days of the pandemic and to create a greener, fairer and safer metropolis for all Londoners, to get the alternatives they should fulfil their potential.

‘It’s on this spirit that I promise to guide London over the subsequent three years, constructing bridges between the completely different communities in our metropolis, constructing bridges throughout cultural, social and sophistication divides.

‘Building bridges between London and the remaining of the nation to make sure London can play its half in a nationwide restoration.

‘And constructing bridges between City Hall and the Government.

‘Because we should all work collectively to construct a brighter, greener and extra equal future for London, and for our complete nation, after the pandemic. 

‘I’m proud to have gained an awesome mandate at the moment.’

In a shock end result the Greens’ Sian Berry got here third forward of the Liberal Democrats’ Luisa Porritt. Only the highest three candidates gained sufficient votes to maintain their deposit.

The Labour incumbent will serve a truncated new three-year term after winning the election that was postponed from last year due to the pandemic But he was pushed all the way by Mr Bailey, who had been given little hope of getting anywhere close to him

Sadiq Khan will serve a truncated new three-year time period after successful the election that was postponed from final yr as a result of pandemic. But he was pushed all the best way by Shaun Bailey, who had been given little hope of getting anyplace near him

Those shedding out embody the Reform Party’s Laurence Fox and Count Binface – who gained extra votes than Piers Corbyn, the brother of former Labour chief Jeremy.  

Candidates want 5 per cent of first-preference votes to get again their deposits, which solely three candidates surpassed. 

Responding to the re-election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London, the chief of the London Assembly Labour group, Len Duvall, stated: ‘Covid has impacted on each aspect of Londoners’ lives, and it is actually had an impression on this yr’s elections. 

‘We’ve labored laborious to reply to Londoners’ wants, however we have actually acquired to have our listening ears on going ahead and regain the belief of some Londoners.

‘We know Sadiq Khan has a great document, that may be very clear. When it involves cleansing up London’s poisonous air, offering social housing, and getting powerful on violent crime and its causes, Sadiq has offered the management the capital wants. 

‘He will proceed to supply sensible options to the challenges we face.

‘Covid has meant that the challenges will solely develop. We want the Mayor to hit the bottom operating in the case of London’s restoration, delivering jobs, and making London safer. It’ll be our job on the Assembly to carry him to account and guarantee these pledges are delivered upon.’

Labour sources had earlier refused to change into too optimistic given how shut the race was amid a nationwide image in England which has seen the Tories make massive positive factors.    

London Mayor election ends in full

First Count

Sadiq Khan (Lab) 1,013,721 (40.05%, -4.19%)

Shaun Bailey (C) 893,051 (35.28%, +0.25%)

Sian Berry (Green) 197,976 (7.82%, +2.02%)

Luisa Porritt (LD) 111,716 (4.41%, -0.21%)

Niko Omilana (Ind) 49,628 (1.96%)

Laurence Fox (Reclaim) 47,634 (1.88%)

Brian Rose (LRP) 31,111 (1.23%)

Richard Hewison (EU) 28,012 (1.11%)

Count Binface (Binface) 24,775 (0.98%)

Mandu Reid (Women) 21,182 (0.84%, -1.21%)

Piers Corbyn (LLL) 20,604 (0.81%)

Vanessa Hudson (AWP) 16,826 (0.66%)

Peter Gammons (UKIP) 14,393 (0.57%, -3.07%)

Farah London (Ind) 11,869 (0.47%)

David Kurten (Heritage) 11,025 (0.44%)

Nims Obunge (Ind) 9,682 (0.38%)

Steve Kelleher (Soc Dem) 8,764 (0.35%)

Kam Balayev (Renew) 7,774 (0.31%)

Max Fosh (Ind) 6,309 (0.25%)

Valerie Brown (Pink) 5,305 (0.21%)

Eliminated: Kam Balayev, Sian Berry, Count Binface, Valerie Brown, Piers Corbyn, Max Fosh, Laurence Fox, Peter Gammons, Richard Hewison, Vanessa Hudson, Steve Kelleher, David Kurten, Farah London, Nims Obunge, Niko Omilana, Luisa Porritt, Mandu Reid, Brian Rose

Second Count

Distribution of Balayev’s, Berry’s, Binface’s, Brown’s, Corbyn’s, Fosh’s, Fox’s, Gammons’s, Hewison’s, Hudson’s, Kelleher’s, Kurten’s, London’s, Obunge’s, Omilana’s, Porritt’s, Reid’s and Rose’s votes

Sadiq Khan (Lab) 1,206,034

Shaun Bailey (C) 977,601

Elected: Sadiq Khan

Eliminated: Shaun Bailey

Electorate 6,047,327; Turnout 2,531,357 (41.86%, -3.45%)