Concern that police risk assessment form 'targets grime artists'

Artists have accused the Met of using the forms to target grime music.

Concerns that an events risk assessment form unfairly targets grime artists will be raised with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Culture minister Matt Hancock says he will speak to Khan about racism allegations over the Metropolitan Police’s Promotion Event Risk Assessment Form 696.

Form 696 is filled out by venues and promoters putting on an event and asks for the names and phone numbers of artists and promoters. It does not include “live music” events but rather those using a backing track.

Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, artist P Money called the form “a race thing,” saying the police “target grime a lot, they just blame a lot of things on grime”.

The Met denies the form is used for targeting certain genres of music, saying it is largely voluntary and designed to help promoters and the police work together to put in place additional measures “to mitigate any risks” if required.

It said: “The form does not target any particular group nor does it ask for the genre of music, event type, age range or demographic of the customers who attend.”

An iteration of the form is used in other forces in the UK, including Leicester and Bedford, both of which ask for the genre of music being played at events.

The form faced criticism before in 2009, when two questions which asked for the ethnic make-up of attendees and the genre of music being performed were removed following accusations of racial profiling.

City Hall said in a statement: “Our priority is to keep Londoners safe and support a vibrant night-time economy, and this means ensuring that all performances have the most appropriate security and safety plans in place.

“We have supported a number of events that bring together the Met, music venues, and promoters to try to improve the understanding of when and how Risk Assessment Form 696 should be used.”

The Met added that it ran regular forums with promoters and venues across the city to exchange views and air grievances.

“We have good working relationships with promoters and venues alike and are confident the majority understand the need for Form 696,” it said.

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