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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.”
Met Chief believes there should be a focus in preventing violent crime.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has “absolutely” agreed with Chief Constable Sara Thornton, saying there should be a focus on violent crimes.
On the Radio 4 Today programme, she agreed with Sara Thornton’s comments about how the police “do not have the resources to do everything”.
The Commissioner added that “violent crime is too high in London”, citing examples like terrorism, sexual offences and domestic abuse, and stated it will be her priority to attempt to tackle these issues.
Since 2010, police chiefs have said that police funding in England and Wales has been cut by nearly a fifth, and there are fewer than 20,000 officers employed by the police forces nationwide.
In an interview, Chief Constable Sara Thornton has said that “treating misogyny as a hate crime is a concern for some well-organised campaigning organisations”, and said that the force doesn’t have the resources to deal with everything. She also said that police are stretched to deal with “deserving” cases, such as misogyny.
Following on, Dick commented that certain things “may not be the job of the police and is not appropriate for [them] to deal with”.
Sue Fish, the former Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One that Ms Thornton’s comments were “shameful”.
In reference to ‘tradition values’, she said that “policing by consent, local policing and in particular our core values of courage, professionalism, integrity and of compassion”
The Mayor of London and City Hall launched a new Violent Crime Task Force in April. The £15 million task force will focus solely on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality. Since being launched they have made 1,804 arrests, sized 438 knives, and recovered 323 offensive weapons, including 160 firearms. As well as the task force, an additional £140 million is being invested in the Metropolitan Police Force.
Police are asking for information after a man was shot in Greenwich.
Officers responded to reports of shots being fired on Old Pearson Street, close to James Wolfe Primary School, at the junction with Randall Place, SE10 on Monday the 8th of October at around 8:30 in the morning.
Bullet casings were found at the scene however no one was there. A 26 year old man later presented himself at a hospital with a gunshot injury.
His condition is non life-threatening or life changing.
The police have said officers don’t think the shooting was connected to the school or anyone connected to it and have appealed for witnesses.
The Met are asking for anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the incident to contact police on telephone number 101 (quote reference: CAD 1483/08OCT18) or to call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111