A MAN stabbed to death in London yesterday was the fifth person killed in the capital in just eight days.
Lawless London’s murder rate last year was the highest for a decade and the bloodshed on the capital’s streets has continued in 2019, with 16 murder inquiries launched by cops.
A teenager died after he was stabbed by a gang riding bikes in Wood Green, North London, on Friday night
Police were called yesterday afternoon to reports of a stabbing in Bethnal Green, in East London.
A man, thought to be in his mid-20s or early 30s was found with stab wounds in Tower Hamlets. Despite the efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was the fifth man killed in the capital in eight days.
On Friday night a 19-year-old was fatally shot and stabbed by a gang wielding knives, guns and a samurai sword in front of children at a hair salon in Wood Green, in North London.
FIFTH KILLINGS IN EIGHT DAYS
The night before Glendon Spence, 23, was fatally stabbed at a youth club in Brixton, in South London.
A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Bromley Youth Court yesterday charged with murder.
Glendon had been playing table tennis at Marcus Lipton youth centre, which was the venue for a police anti-knife crime summit last year, when he was attacked.
Bright Akinleye, 22, was stabbed in a street near Euston station before staggering into a hotel lobby where he collapsed and died last Monday night.
The following day 69-year-old Brian Wieland died in a fire at a house in Chingford, East London. A woman, 51, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Knife crime and shootings are on the rise fuelled by gang rivalry and disputes over drug markets.
Last year’s homicide rate in the capital was the highest in a decade, with 132 violent deaths in London.
The Mayor of London warned it could take a “decade” to turn the tide of violent crime.
This year got off to a bloody start when mum-of-one Charlotte Huggins, 33, was knifed to death at her home in Camberwell, South East London on New Year’s Day.
Just hours later security guard Tudor Simionov, 33, was stabbed outside a VIP sex party in Park Lane, Mayfair.
He was attacked as he tried to stop gatecrashers storming into the private bash.
Earlier this month doting dad-of-one Dennis Anderson, 39, was fatally slashed across the neck outside an off-licence in East Dulwich in a row about cigarettes on February 10.
Five days earlier Lajean Richards, 19, 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.
Teens Nedim Bilgin, 17, and Jaden Moodie, 14, have also been murdered in the capital this year.
Jaden was fatally stabbed after being knocked off a moped in Leyton, East London, on January 8, while Nedim was knifed to death in Islington, North London after being chased down a busy street on January 29.
BATTLE TO CONTROL DRUGS MARKET
Police have pointed to links between violence and the brutal county lines drug trade, where urban dealers force children and other vulnerable people to take drugs to customers in more rural areas.
In London itself, gang warfare is increasingly being driven by a ruthless battle to control the drugs market in a move away from “postcode wars”.
In total there are estimated to be around 250 gangs in London involving around 4,500 people.
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Middle class cocaine users have come under fire for helping to fuel this increasingly violent battle in Lawless London.
Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said the growing demand from well-off users for the Class A drug was leading to a surge in violent gang crime.
Drill music, where rappers taunt rivals with lyrics laced with violence and threats, and the role of social media in escalating disputes have also come under the microscope, as have cuts to youth services and the police.
MET POLICE Glendon Spence was stabbed in the groin and died outside the Marcus Lipton Youth Club in Brixton, south London
Bright Akinleye, 22, was stabbed in the leg during a row at a house party in Starcross Street, Euston, before staggering to The Wesley hotel and collapsing
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