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Form 696: 'Racist police form' to be scrapped in London

From BBC - November 10, 2017

A police form some grime artists say is being used as a "racist" way to target them is to be scrapped in London.

Since 2005, promoters and licensees have been asked to complete a "Form 696" as a risk assessment for hosting music events with DJs and MCs.

Some grime artists say they have been stopped from performing as a result.

The Met denied the form had been used to target particular genres but said it had decided to drop it after a fall in "serious incidents" at music events.

Safety standards have been raised in venues, police say, which led to the decision.

Superintendent Roy Smith of the Met, 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."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan had called for a review of the form's use earlier this year.

The force said it would instead use a new "voluntary partnership approach" across the city.

"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," it said.

The Met said it had introduced the form in 2005 after a spate of shootings at a number of promoted club nights across London.

Officers said the process helped to reduce crime and disorder, provided up-to-date information about promotions and encouraged venues, police, local authorities and promoters to share information better.

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