There will be an increased police presence around transport hubs and in public spaces in a bid to tackle violence during the Easter holidays.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Metropolitan Police announced the measures today, as well as publishing details of holiday activities across the capital to stop young people getting involved in violence over the Easter break.

Graham McNulty, the deputy assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, said: “With schools off for the Easter holidays, we expect to see an increase of people in public spaces, particularly if the weather is good.

“So, to ensure young people can enjoy the break safely, the Met will be working closely with our partners in an uplift of activity to tackle public-place violence, with a particular focus on hot-spot areas in and around transport hubs.”

Activities over the Easter holidays in the capital are marked out on an online interactive map – many of which are funded by City Hall – and include sports programmes, theatre workshops and music sessions.

Mr Khan said: “I’m determined to lead from the front to tackle violent crime in our city – supporting the police as they focus on arresting violent offenders while we tackle the root causes.

“But I have always been clear that we can’t arrest our way out of this issue alone.

“The causes of violent crime are extremely complex and involve deep-seated problems like poverty, inequality, social alienation and a lack of opportunities for young people.”

Mr Khan has also announced the next round of his £45 million Young Londoners Fund will open next month with an additional £15 million of funding available.

The Young Londoners Fund supports community organisations working with young people at risk of getting caught up in crime

Youth organisations, charities and schools will be able to bid for a share of the funding.