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.
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
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.”