The United Kingdom continued to struggle with out-of-control knife violence this week; with a series of stabbings throughout London raising serious concerns over security in the country’s capital.
According to the Wall Street Journal, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it would likely take “generations” to crackdown on the violent crime sweeping the nation.
“London’s mayor said this week would take a generation to solve: a surge in knife attacks in a country with relatively low levels of violent crime,” writes the WSJ.
“With strict British laws making guns hard to obtain, knives have become the weapon of choice for members of London gangs, who youth workers say fight over territory and are prepared to kill over trivial slights. As stabbings become more frequent, more young people feel compelled to carry knives for their own protection, fueling a cycle of violence,” adds the Journal.
2018 has been a particularly violent year for the UK capital, with murder rates surpassing that of New York City’s for the first time in recorded history.
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BLOODY BRITAIN: Four CHILDREN Stabbed in London OVERNIGHT, One Critically Injured
At least four children were seriously injured in a series of late-night stabbings in London Friday morning, with one teen described as “disemboweled” in a public housing apartment in the UK capital.
According to the Metro UK, all victims were boys between the ages of 15 and 16 with at least six “attackers” being taken into custody at the scene.
“A teenager was heard crying ‘help, help’ before he was stabbed, according to witnesses. Another witness said they saw one of the boys collapse and his intestines were falling onto the ground,” writes the Metro.
The stabbings are believed to be the culmination of a series of fights between rival groups of youths living in the apartment block.
The incident is the latest in a series of attacks that have rocked the UK capital this year, with London’s murder rate surpassing that of New York City for the first time in recorded history.
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BLOODY BRITAIN: Man Stabbed in London TOURIST CENTER, Onlookers Shocked
An unidentified man was stabbed in the middle of London’s bustling tourist center Monday night; shocking onlookers as he was immediately airlifted to receive medical treatment following the unprovoked attack.
According to the Sun, the assault took place in the heart of the London’s Leicester Square just before 5pm, with eyewitnesses saying the man -believed to be in his 40s- was treated by paramedics on the scene before being rushed away in a helicopter.
“Specialist cops arrested a man over the incident and he is currently being quizzed in custody. Officers confirmed a weapon was seized at the scene,” writes the Sun.
The attack raises serious questions about security throughout the United Kingdom, with murder rates rising approximately 40% in just three years.
Earlier this year, London Mayor Sadiq Khan vowed to crackdown on the spike in violence, blaming “budget cuts” for the escalating crisis.
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