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Form 696 Scrapped by London Met Police

The controversial risk assessment in place by the Met Police for live music events has FINALLY been scrapped. The risk assessment was previously to be completed 14 days before a live event and would include the names, stage names, personal addresses and phone numbers of any artists, DJ’s and promoters, as well as the style of music to be played and the target audience which critics then accused the police of racial profiling singling out grime, R&B and bashment, the primarily black music genres.

Top venues, promoters and DJ’s met with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to discuss the form who later asked the Metropolitan Police to review form 696 following the opinion it specifically targeted grime and R&B artists. Artists felt that the information passed to the police on form 696 was stopping their tours and shows, including Giggs’ 2010 tour which was cancelled on ‘police advice’.

          


Met Superintendent Roy Smith, said: “It is clear that in recent years the landscape of the night time economy in London has changed and thankfully we have seen a reduction in serious incidents at promoted music events, particularly those involving firearms. We have also been working in close partnership with the music industry and others to raise standards of safety in venues and at events.

“We have taken the decision to remove the form 696 and instead develop a new voluntary partnership approach for venues and promoters across London. This will provide an excellent opportunity to share information at a local level and work to identify any enhanced risk to ensure the safety of the public.”

Good job seeing as though Ticketmaster’s latest State of Play report revealed over half of the UK’s population think form 696 is discriminatory!

 

Photo credits: London Metropolitan Police / BBC
Words: Lily

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