London Lite Wednesday, 22 July 2009 Yobspots targeted by police Eight flashpoints identified TOO many black people are still being stopped and searched by police in spite of significant progress to improve officers attitudes on race, MPs warned today. A report by the Commons Home Affairs Committee also criticises the storing of a blatantly disproportionate number of black peoples DNA on the national database. The findings come in an analysis of the polices achievements on race since Sir William Macphersons report on the murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993. by GeorGina littlejohn Camden Town Centre Kingston Town Centre Croydon Town Centre Sutton Town Centre West End Leicester Square & Regent Street Romford Town Centre Peckham High Street/ School Stratford Town Centre 71 to 85 43 to 57 28 to 43 14 to 28 0 to 14 Number of most serious violent offences by ward (Victims aged 13-24) EIGHT London yobspots are being targeted by the Met to tackle drink- fuelled violence at closing time. Police say the areas combine the potent mix of pubs and clubs, takeaways and transport hubs, and have the highest number of offences of most serious violence among 13- to 24-year-olds -- ranging from murder to grievous bodily harm. The yobspots were identified as the West End and the town centres of Sutton, Stratford, Camden, Croydon, Kingston and Romford, plus Peckham High Street. Police said the areas were particularly dangerous at night, with most offences committed between midnight and 3am. The new drive by Home Secretary Alan Johnson to cut violence at closing time includes measures such as the use of marshals by taxi firms and bus companies to prevent jostling, queue- jumping and other disputes. Also, more rigorous licensing conditions will be imposed on fast-food outlets, such as having to appoint security staff. High-visibility policing will be used, along with search arches to detect weapons and drugs dogs to deter dealers and users. The crackdown is part of the second stage of the Governments Tackling Knives Action Programme, which was launched in June last year in response to the increase in fatal stabbings. Programme leader, Warwickshire Chief Constable Keith Bristow, announced the measures today. He said: It is about saving lives and protecting communities from the awful things that sometimes happen. Figures released today show the first phase of the programme resulted in a 20.9 per cent drop in the number of violent knife offences in London involv- ing victims aged 19 or under. The figures cover last July to March this year. Racismstillfoundin police,MPswarnKilled in 1993: Stephen Lawrence H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html