The murder rate in the UK capital hit a “grim milestone” over the weekend, with a spat of stabbings and homicides matching the total statistics of 2017 in November and sparking fierce criticism of Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Local police confirm there have been five knife-related murders in recent days; taking the official death toll in London to 118 so far this year.
“This is equal to the number in the whole of 2017, according to Home Office figures, excluding the 13 victims of the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park,” writes the Telegraph.
“The latest incident involved the death of a 35-year-old woman who suffered an abdominal wound at an address in Ilford, east London, on Monday. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder,” adds the article.
Mayor Sadiq Khan drew fierce criticism from local residents earlier this year when he publicly blamed “budget cuts” for the escalating violence sweeping the capital.
BLOODY BRITAIN: Delivery Driver MURDERED in Ritzy London Neighborhood
A delivery driver was stabbed to death in one of London’s wealthiest neighborhoods last week after refusing to surrender his wallet to a group of young men, sparking new fears over the safety of the UK’s largest city as murder rates soar.
“The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was found with multiple knife wounds at around 10.20pm on Cathcart Road, Kensington last night,” writes the UK’s Mirror online. “He was pronounced dead at the scene – also known as millionaire’s row – despite the efforts of police and London Ambulance Service paramedics.”
“First I saw blood on the floor and followed the blood all the way around a corner,” said one eyewitness. “I recorded it on my phone all the way to the scene and there was armed police, ambulance and I stood by.”
The killing raises new security questions throughout the capital as the UK’s murder rate rises over 44% in the last two years; surpassing New York City’s homicide statistics for the first time in recorded history.
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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