Man charged with the murder of Bradley Welsh.

A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of 48-year-old Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh.

On 17th of April Bradley was shot at the doorstep of his home on Chester street, Edinburgh. he was later discovered lying on the staircase and pronounced dead at the scene.

The police have confirmed that a 28-year-old man has been charged with his murder

The suspect in question is also charged with attempted murder of a 48 -year-old man wherein he was left with serious arm and head injuries, he is also charged for serious assault on a 22-year-old man in Pitcairn Grove on 13 March.

The police stated  “Members of the public are thanked for their assistance with both of these investigations.”

He is set to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 14 May.

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Teenage boy charged with the murder of a 17 year old Ellie Gould

Ellie Gould was found murdered at her family home near Chippenham on Friday 3 May.

Ellie Gould was a year 12 pupil at Hardenhuish school, she was upright with a promising future she represented her school on a number of occasions at equestrian events.

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Her body was discovered at her family home after emergency services were called to a house in Springfield Drive where she was pronounced dead at the scene after several attempts were made by the paramedics to revive her.

A 17 year old boy thought to be know to Ellie Gould has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the 17 years old girl.

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The suspect was remanded in custody as of Saturday morning in a  nearby town of Chippenham where police continued to question him.

The police have promised the locals that they would do all in their power to make the environment safe in a statement ”However, I want to reassure everyone that the officers and detectives involved have been working hard to carry out their duties as swiftly as possible to minimise the impact on those living and working here” says Inspector Don Pocock.

The police has urged anyone with information to contact Wiltshire Police on 101, quoting log number 176 on May 3.

 

Two teenagers stabbed in Islington

Two teenagers left in life threatening condition after being attacked in North London, both stabbings are being treated as linked.

On Monday 6th of May, the police were called to a stabbing around 5:30pm on FairBridge Road, N19. A 17 years old teenager was found at the scene suffering from severe stab injuries.

The police described his present condition as ”serious but stable” after receiving medical attention.

Another stabbing was reported 10 minutes after the stabbing of the 17 years old boy on Fairbridge Road. The second victim believed to be 18 years of age was stabbed on Sussex Road, N19. he was also taken to the hospital where he received medical attention and his present condition was being described as ”no longer believed to be life threatening” says the police.

Investigation has been launched as both cases are being treated as linked.

The police also released a statement saying ”There will be an increased police presence in Islington following these stabbings. A Section 60 order has been authorised for the borough of Islington until 07:00AM on Tuesday, 7 May.”

The police has also urged the public to come forward if they have an information that could help the investigation to call 101 quoting CAD 5043/06may, to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A man in his 30’s has been arrested in connection to the fifth Edmonton stabbing

Schools are on lock down and some residents in of Edmonton have said they are too sacred to leave their homes as a serial attacker is on the loose.

Earlier today at approximately 5:00am a man believed to be in his 30’s was stabbed in Edmonton less than a mile from where four people were randomly attacked during the weekend.

The victim is said to have been walking with his friend where he was stabbed and his friend was left uninjured.

The victim was rushed to a major trauma centre nearby where he is currently in a life threatening condition. This brings the total number of knife crime to 5 in four days in just that area.

locals fear for their safety; a resident Kevin Ojo says  “It’s scary now, this is not normal. They can’t find this person, it’s just one guy.

“It’s been peaceful for a while until all this drama started coming up. Now I’m starting thinking about moving from this area, I’m not liking it.

“It could happen to anyone – my friends, my family, it could happen to me. It’s really scary.

“We don’t even know this guy they are talking about, so it’s really scary.”

The locals say they’ve been living in fear for the last 4 days as the serial attacker could be anyone walking on the street.

The description of the man believed to have carried out the four previous stabbings seems to match the fifth Edmonton stabbing the attacker has been described as a tall, skinny black man, wearing a hoody

The police has asked the locals to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity whilst they keep an ”open mind”  whether the attack is linked to the four other knife attacks over they weekend as they question a man in custody.

 

Man pronounced dead after a stabbing in Kentish Town

A man has been stabbed to death in North London following a Knife attack.

A murder investigation has been launched after a man, believed to be in his 20’s was stabbed.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after the police were called at approximately 8:30pm on Monday evening to Kentish Town, North-West London.

Reports of the stabbing  came in approximately 4 hours after two knife attacks in Chelmsford, Essex and Wokingham, Berkshire which left the two victims with serious injuries.

Detectives in London are also looking to apprehend a serial attacker who has stabbed four people, seemingly at random in Edmonton over the weekend. Detectives are investigating the possibility of a link to the Kentish Town stabbing.

The Camden New Journal says the victim is called Calvin Bungisa and he attended HaverStock schools in Kentish Town.

A friend of the victim told the Evening Standard: “He was loved. He has everyone out here, every culture in the area was out for him. He’s not lived his life yet.”

The killing happened on the same day as the Prime Minister, Theresa May hosted a summit in Downing Street on the rise of knife crime in Britain where she  referred to the issue as ”deep seated” saying “We cannot simply arrest ourselves out of this problem.”

Prior to the summit Theresa May issued a statement saying ”in recent months we’ve lost a really shocking number of young people to violent crimes  in our town and cities, and often the perpetrators are as young as their victims, we cannot allow this to continue, we must deal with it. we must use every tool and tactic at our disposal  to deter young people from carrying Knives and that means treating the problem of Knife issue like a disease taking public health approach to it…”

There have been over 40 fatal stabbing recorded this year in the UK with at least 23  stabbings in London.

Man Convicted for Double Assault in Harrow

Aaron Sinclair, 24 has been convicted for assault and GBH on two separate occasions.

Mr Sinclair was guilty of two counts of GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm), attempt of murder and possession of cannabis by a jury in Harrow Crown Court on Thursday 17th of January.

On May Sinclair left a victim with a neck wound after 00:40hrs on Press Road, NW10 on the 27th of May 2017. He shared a few words with  his victim which caused the victim to square up to him. The victim saw a knife on Sinclair and made a run for his car.

Sinclair chased after him and stabbed his victim in the neck through the open drivers side window. The victim escaped and ended up at Wembley Police Station were he was given medical assistance.

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The Police requested the London Ambulance Service to attend, the victim was taken a Central London hospital were his injuries were confirmed to be life changing.

On September 19, 2017 Sinclair found his next victim, a 52 yr old male.The victim was driving on Heather Road, NW2 when he was put to a stop.

Sinclair demanded the victim give him £800 when he refused he punched the victim and proceeded to stab him in the chin. Medical staff at the Central London hospital stated that the wound had just missed a fatal artery.

Acting Detective Sergeant John Gillespie, from the North-West Command Unit spoke on this matter and says;

“On both occasions, the victims were extremely lucky that Sinclair’s actions did not kill them. He’s a violent individual and I’m very grateful to the jury and witnesses for helping us to secure this conviction. A massive thank you also goes to my colleagues at Wembley police stations who’s actions most certainly saved a life.”

Sinclair will be sentenced on March 8.

Burglars and Shoplifters Let off Lightly

In a report to The Daily Telegraph, Prison Minister Rory Stewart is ‘looking very carefully’ at imposing a new requirement for courts to scrap jail sentences that are under six months.

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The new requirement would follow in the footsteps of Scotland, which already has a ban on sentences under six months – and are looking to extend it to 12 months.

Most burglars and shoplifters may elude jail time, and instead receive a community sentence.

Evidence points to lower re-offending rates after community sentencing compared to prison sentences. Rory Stewart stated that short prison sentences are ‘long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you.

The new proposal is to ease the pressure on prisons, with 30,000 criminals a year being imprisoned for less than six months. Only those convicted of sex crimes or violence would be excluded from it.

This would free up 4000 prison spaces at any one time. In 2017, 65,000 offenders were jailed and just under half received sentences of 6 months or under.

The Prison Minister stated ‘the public are safer if we have a good community sentence rather than putting people in prison for short sentences and it will also relieve a lot of pressure on these prisons’.

‘You bring someone in for 3 or 4 weeks, they lose their house, they lose their job, they lose their family, they lose their reputation.’

This outlook promotes a striking shift in philosophy towards focusing on rehabilitation rather than just putting offenders in jail, which has doubled the prison population to more than 80,000 since the 90s.

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The outcome  will have many benefits towards petty criminals, however it is also likely to provoke a backlash against ‘soft justice’ in the Conservative Party, which is traditionally seen as the ‘party of law and order’.

The new moves are due to be revealed later this year and will require a change in the law.

 

 

 

 

The rise in knife crime continues

The surge in knife crime in London continues with five stabbings all resulting in deaths already this week.

Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17 died in hospital after being brutally stabbed in Balham Hill, near to Clapham South underground station on the afternoon of Friday, 2 November.

Local community and fellow students from St Francis Xavier have build a shrine outside Clapham South to pay their respects to Malcom.

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Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, was stabbed to death on Sunday, 4th November in Anerely, Samos Road, SE20.

On Monday, 5th November John Ogunjobi, a 16 year old was stabbed at Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill, sadly despite the efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to research done by the Office for National Statistics between the beginning of this year to June 2018 there has been 39,332 knife related crimes, which is currently the highest on record. In the same duration of time there was a rise in overall violence by 19%

A increasingly large proportion of these murder victims and perpetrators are teenagers, the question that is being asked by everyone is how can we contain the epidemic in youth violence and prevent it from continuing to spiral out of control.

Map that shows increase in knife crime in London by borough from Parliament

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The Royal London Hospital has recently published research that states that between 2004-2014 the average age of stabbing victims has fallen from late 20s to 18 followed with an increase in teenage victims. The research also says that after school hours are most dangerous

We spoke with Specialist Firearms Instructor Andy Hopton on what is being done to try and tackle the rise in violent crimes and knife violence in particular.

Metropolitan Police Constable chief Cressida Dick today defended the Met’s tactics in tackling knife crime in London as she pledged to “relentlessly” target 190 gangs fueling the violent crime wave. She also said the police task force have methods to combat the rise in knife crime.

“We have increased the use of stop and search, acting on intelligence to prevent violence before it has taken place, including in the boroughs where we have seen the recent tragic murders. This week we have redeployed additional officers in south London who the public will see out and about with local officers.”