LONDON’S knife epidemic is showing no signs of ending, with the capital reeling from fatal attacks since the start of 2019.
With last year being London’s bloodiest in almost a decade, as the number of homicides reached 135, the plague of knife crime is not nearing its end.
Facebook Charlotte Huggins was stabbed to death in Camberwell, London, just after 4am on January 1
How many knife deaths have there been in London so far this year?
Two people were fatally stabbed in separate knife attacks in the capital, in the first six hours of 2019 – Charlotte Huggins, 33, and Romanian bouncer, Tudor Simionov, also 33.
And as of February 19, three teenagers have already lost their lives in London this year.
Jaden Moodie, 14, Nedim Bilgin, 17 and Lajean Richards, 19, were all killed as a result of stabbings.
Dennis Anderson, 39, died in East Dulwich and 34-year-old Polish national Kamil Malysz was found dead at his home.
And on February 8 mum Aliny Mendes, 39, was stabbed to death outside a school in Cheam, Surrey, Greater London.
On February 18 a man collapsed and died at The Wesley Hotel, near Euston Station after being knifed.
On February 21, a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in Lambeth.
On March 2, Jodie Chesney, a 17-year old girl was founded knifed to death in a playground in Romford.
On March, 7, 17-year-old Ayub Hassan was knifed multiple times outside a Waitrose supermarket near West Kensington Tube station.
On March 9, a 19-year-old was in a critical condition after he was stabbed in the chest on the 134 bus at Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill.
On March 10, a 19-year-old was left fighting for his life after he was stabbed in East Dulwich in south east London.
supplied by Pixel8000 Tudor Simionov with his girlfriend Madalina as they board a plane to London hoping for a brighter future
Who are the London stabbing victims?
The first knife murder victim of the new year was Charlotte Huggins, 33, who died in Camberwell, London, just after 4am on January 1.
The Met Police said that cops were called by the London Ambulance Service to a home on John Ruskin Street at 4.20am, to a report of a stabbing.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, Charlotte was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.50am.
A post mortem examination gave the young mum’s cause of death as a single stab wound.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and has been bailed to return in mid-January.
The second person to be killed was a Romanian bouncer, Tudor Simionov, who was stabbed to death by gatecrashers outside a New Year’s Eve party in London’s exclusive Mayfair area.
PA:Press Association Cops and forensics officers at the scene of the Mayfair, London, attack in the early hours of January 1, 2019
The Bucharest man had moved to the UK just two months ago for a better life.
He was attacked while working as a doorman at a £12.5million central London townhouse.
Tudor was pronounced dead at about 6am on January 1.
Shocking video footage captured outside the party shows Tudor being mobbed by thugs seconds before he was stabbed to death.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the West End homicide.
On January 8 Jaden Moody, 14, died after being stabbed in Waltham Forest after his moped was rammed off the road, witnesses have claimed.
Polish national Kamil Malysz, 34, was found dead in his home after being stabbed on Sunday, January 27.
A man, 33, has been arrested after the death in Acton.
On January 29 Nedim Bilgin, 17, died in the street on Caledonian Road, North London, after being stabbed in the chest at around 7pm.
On Tuesday, February 5, Lajean Richards, 19, a Domino’s delivery driver, was stabbed to death outside his family home – less than a five-minute walk from Prince George’s £17,000-a-year Thomas’s School in Battersea.
He is the third teenager to be stabbed to death in London already this year.
On February 8 mum-of-four Aliny Mendes, 39, was stabbed to death while walking with one of her children near Meadow Primary School in Cheam, Surrey.
A man aged in his 40s arrested on suspicion of murder and a second man, aged in his 50s, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender continue to be quizzed in custody.
Police confirmed at least one of the suspects “was known” to the stay-at-home mum, who is originally from Brazil.
Dennis Anderson, 39, died after having his “throat slit” in a “row over a cigarette” outside an off-licence in East Dulwich on February 10.
On February 18 another man died after being stabbed in a central London street before collapsing in a hotel lobby.
Eleven people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the horror at The Wesley Hotel at around 11pm.
The victim is believed to have been knifed in the street at around 10.45pm before stumbling into the four-star hotel on Euston Street, near London Euston station.
Hotel staff and paramedics battled to save the man, who had suffered multiple stab wounds but he was pronounced dead at the scene at around 11.30pm.
On March 2, Jodie Chesney, a 17-year old girl was founded knifed to death in a playground in Romford.
Police were called to a park after reports of a knife attack close to St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, east London, at 9.25pm on Friday.
Cops found the teenager suffering with a stab injury before she was pronounced dead around an hour later.
The girl’s next of kin have been informed but officers say they are awaiting formal identification.
A post-mortem examination will be held in due course, detectives say.
David Martinez, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene in Leyton, East London, at around 5.10pm on March 6.
He was knifed in the back and neck and left to die in the arms of passers-by after being dragged from his home in broad daylight.
Ayub Hassan, 17, was knifed multiple times outside a Waitrose supermarket near West Kensington Tube station on March 7.
A doctor from a nearby surgery desperately battled to save the teen after he was knifed in the chest but he later died in hospital.
Yousef Bahadory, who owns a dry cleaners close to the scene, said: “The boy was on the floor. There was so much blood.
“Someone went to get a doctor from the surgery nearby and she was pumping his chest.”
The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on March 9 charged with murder.
A 19-year-old is currently fighting for his life in hospital after he was stabbed in North Finchley on March 9.
A 17-year-old boy has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the bus stabbing.
A pal – who did not want to be named – said the teen was stabbed after LOOKING at the attacker.
Just hours later a man, believed to be 18-years-old, was stabbed on Edgware Road.
His injuries have been assessed as non life-threatening.
Where the woman was knifed in Capworth Street
Stabbings in London in 2019
January 1 – Charlotte Huggins, 33, stabbed to death in Camberwell
January 1 – Tudor Simionov, 33, stabbed to death in Park Lane
January 1 – Two men – also security guards – aged 37 and 29, and a woman, aged 29, were also stabbed at the private party in Park Lane. They had come to Tudor’s aid during the attack
January 5 – A mum in her 30s was fighting for her life and two others wounded in a triple stabbing in broad daylight in Leyton, East London on January 5. She was attacked in front of her two children
January 5 – Man, 26, found suffering from knife wounds in Newham
January 8 – Jaden Moodie, 14, stabbed to death in Waltham Forest
January 11 – Woman in her 50s stabbed in Wallington
January 19 – Two men, aged 20 and 18, attacked and stabbed in Edmonton
January 20 – Man, 57, found with stab injury in Kew
January 27 – Kamil Malysz, 34, stabbed to death in Acton
January 29 – Nedim Bilgin, 17, stabbed to death in Islington
February 3 – Two teens found with knife wounds “may have been attacked in Feltham Park”, Met Police say
February 5 – Lajean Richards, 19, stabbed to death in Battersea
February 5 – Teenager, 18, rushed to hospital after being stabbed at around 1am on Drummond Street, near Euston station in central London.
February 6 – Teen boy stabbed on London bus in Hackney
February 8 – Two males – aged 16 and 28 years old – were found suffering from stab wounds in Wood Green
February 9 – Man, 23, in critical condition after being knifed in Neasden
February 9 – Boy, 16, suffers stab wound after a fight in Hayes
February 10 – Dennis Anderson, 39, stabbed to death in East Dulwich
February 18 – Man stabbed to death in Euston
February 21 – A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in Lambeth.
February 22 – A teenager was knifed to death in Wood Green, North London, just after 8pm.
March 1 – A 17 year old girl was knifed to death in a playground in Romford. She was found dead on March 2.
March 6 – A 26-year-old man was stabbed in the street in Leyton, East London.
March 7 – A 17-year-old boy is stabbed in broad daylight in Kensington.
March 9 – A 19-year-old boy is stabbed in North Finchley and is currently fighting for his life in hospital
March 9 – A man, believed to be 18-years-old, was stabbed on Edgware Road. His injuries aren’t considered to be life-threatening.
March 10 – A 19-year-old man was left fighting for his life after being stabbed in East Dulwich in south east London. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Figures at a glance
The number of homicides, including murder and manslaughter, have risen from 649 to 730 – an increase of 14 per cent
Knife crime has also increased by eight per cent
The number of admissions to hospital for assault involving a sharp instrument have increased by 15 per cent
The rate of robberies have increased by 17 per cent
Police have recorded an increase of 41 per cent relating to stalking and harassment offences
Overall crime from 12 months to the end of September 2018 went up by seven per cent to a total of 5,723,182
How many stabbings were there in London in 2018?
Figures from London’s Metropolitan police showed that knife crime surged by 16 per cent in the capital year-on-year in 2018, as Britain’s crime epidemic continues.
There were 1,299 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.
In 2017-18, there were 137 knife offences for every 100,000 people in the capital.
2018 was London’s bloodiest year in almost a decade as the murder toll reached 134.
Did crime increase in the UK in 2018?
The number of murders in the UK increased from 649 in 2017 to 739 in 2018 – rocketing by 14 per cent, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Knife crime is up at eight per cent and violent crimes up by 19 per cent.
Chief Constable Bill Skelly, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for crime recording and statistics, said: “Rising crime, increased terrorist activity and fewer police officers have put serious strain on the policing we offer to the public.
“We are determining the additional capabilities and investment we need to drive down violence and catch more criminals – and we will make the case at the next Government Spending Review.”
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