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Sadiq Khan, who is facing pressure following an increase in such crimes this year, said the police response also played a role, and that the rise in murders should also be seen in the context of cuts to policing and public services.

 

 

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The Home Office minister Victoria Atkins denied that police cuts could be blamed, saying a government study had found no apparent connection between police numbers and earlier rises in violent crime.

 

 
Mr Khan recently launched an initiative based on the public health approach pioneered in Glasgow. But, speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme, he acknowledged that based on their example, to really make significant progress can take up to ten years.

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Speaking to BBC Radio 4s Today programme after three males between the ages of 15 and 22 died in stabbing incidents on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Khan said London had since 2016 followed the example of Glasgow, which saw a significant drop in violent crime after establishing a violence reduction unit to treat the problem in a holistic way.

 

But he said the effects would not be immediate. Itll take some time. The reason I know itll take some time is because of the lessons weve learned from places like Glasgow in Scotland, where it took them some time to turn this thing around.

 

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has said turning the capitals knife crime problem around could take up to ten years.
 

Asked how long it might take, Khan said: According to Glasgow – and weve got the violence reduction unit in Glasgow helping us – to really make significant progress can take up to 10 years, and a generation.

 

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John Humphrys RIDICULES Sadiq Khan claims knife crime will take GENERATION to tackle

On Sunday, police arrested two men after a man, believed to be 22, died following a stabbing shortly after midday in Anerley, south-east London. On Friday, 17-year-old Malcolm Mide-Madariola died after being stabbed outside Clapham South tube station. The day before Jay Hughes, 15, was fatally stabbed near a chicken shop in Bellingham, south-east London.

 

He insisted that London is a safe global city — but the rise in violent crime is unacceptable.

Khan said the challenge was to break a wider culture in which the use of knives had become normalised among many young people.

 

The reason why they say this is because they saw in Scotland what were seeing in London, which is children in primary school thinking not only is it OK to carry a knife, but it gives them a sense of belonging, joining a criminal gang. It makes them feel safer, and they dont see anything wrong in getting involved in this sort of behaviour, he said.

 

On the one hand weve got to be tough in relation to enforcement, and thats why weve got officers as part of the violent crime taskforce doing intelligence-led stop and searches, taking knives off our streets, offensive weapons off our streets, guns off our streets, making arrests.

 

At the same time, on the other hand, weve got to be giving young people constructive things to do, investing in youth centres, youth workers, after-school clubs.

 

Khan said efforts had been hampered by a significant drop in police numbers, and a loss of facilities such as youth centres. In London weve had a public health approach in the context of record cuts in policing and public services.

 

Some critics of Khans approach have called for a resumption in routine stop-and-search operations, a tactic which has been used less since Theresa May as home secretary changed the approach amid concerns people were being unfairly targeted.

 

The London mayor said the Metropolitan police had set up a taskforce to target habitual knife carriers in certain areas, which had made more than 1,300 arrests in six months, and that there had been a wider increase in stop and search.

 

He added: But youll appreciate that because we have fewer officers than any time since 2003 at a time when our population is going up, its more and more difficult.

 

Atkins disputed this, saying: As a result of that very intensive piece of work we found that the claim about police numbers isnt supported by the evidence of previous spikes in serious violence.

Atkins said the nature of crime is changing, for example with gang activities being organised via social media.

 

She said: Gangs are far more ruthless than they used to be, the levels of violence that doctors are seeing in A&E shows that incidents that before perhaps wouldnt have resulted in fatalities now are resulting in fatalities, she said.

 

When we talk about the nature of crime were taking into account, for example, that the gangs that are behind the vast majority of these murders, are using social media to communicate.

Sadiq Khan today said it could take a generation for the bloody knife crime epidemic gripping London to be tackled.

 

The London Mayor said children in primary schools have started carrying knives and to make significant progress fighting the scourge can take up to 10 years.

 

But his comments risk sparking fury from the families of those murdered who have pleaded for an immediate end to the violence. 

 

It comes as a 22-year-old man became the 116th murder victim in London so far this year after being stabbed to death in Anerley, near Bromley, this weekend.

 

So far this year, some 19 teenagers have been murdered in the capital amid growing criticisms that violent crime is spiraling out of control.

 

Mr Khan was quizzed about what he is doing to tackle the bloody carnage after four people were stabbed to death in London in the past five days.

 

Sadiq Khan appeared on Good Morning Britain today, pictured,and said it could take a generation for the bloody knife crime epidemic gripping London to be tackled

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He told the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme: It will take some time. I know that because of the lessons weve learnt from places like Glasgow, where it took them some time to turn this round.

 

A woman in her 30s is fighting for her life after being knifed multiple times in Chadwell Heath, pictured, last night

 

A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after being stabbed multiple times by a man following a row.

 

Police were called to a property in Chadwell Heath, east London, at around 8.20pm last night and found the victim, aged in her 30s, seriously injured in the street. 

A 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder following reports of a man and woman arguing in the area. 

 

It comes as hundreds more officers are patrolling the streets of London after a week of violence in the capital with four people being killed in knife attacks.  

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said this morning he has also reassigned more than 120 officers to violent crime from traffic duty following the series of stabbings. 

 

They saw in Scotland what we are seeing in London, which is children in primary schools thinking not only is it OK to carry a knife, but it gives them a sense of belonging in joining a criminal gang and it makes them feel safer and they see nothing wrong in getting involved in this sort of behaviour.

 

On one hand, weve got to be tough in relation to enforcement. Thats why weve got officers as part of the violent crime task force doing intelligence-led stop and search, taking knives off our streets, guns off our streets, making arrests.

 

At the same time, on the other hand, weve got to give young people constructive things to do, investing in youth centres, youth workers, after-school clubs. 

 

Mr Khan blamed the spike in violence on the cuts to police numbers and youth services which have hit London over the past eight years.

 

But Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins denied that cuts to the number of police on the streets had helped fuel the crime epidemic.

 

She said a Government review had shown the claim about police numbers isnt supported by the evidence of previous spikes in serious violence.

 

In the late 2000s there was a similar spike in violence and there were many, many more police officers on the streets in that day and age, she said.

 

Of course, violence has been around as long as human beings have been around, but we have seen – and the Met Commissioner herself has talked about – the ways in which gangs are much more ruthless than they used to be.

 

But Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins (file picture) denied that cuts to the number of police on the streets had helped fuel the crime epidemic.

 

The levels of violence which doctors are now seeing in A&Es show that incidents which before perhaps wouldnt have resulted in fatalities now are resulting in fatalities.

 

Gangs are behind the vast majority of these murders, and the gang leaders are using social media to communicate … using mobile communications in a way that 10 or even five years ago simply wasnt possible.

 

We and the police and others have to face up to the reality that criminals are changing their crime types and we have to be able to tackle that.   

 

Kyall Parnell was the first victim of Londons year of violence, he was stabbed on the night of New Years Eve.

 

Vijay Patel was beaten to death in January after refusing to buy Rizla cigarette papers for a teenager.

 

1) Kyall Parnell, 17, was attacked in front of horrified revellers on his way to a New Years Eve party and died after being chased through traffic in Tulse Hill, south London. A murder investigation was opened in 2018.

2) Steve Frank Navarez-Jara was the first person to be killed in 2018. The 20-year-old was stabbed on New Years Day in Old Street, north London.

3) Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44, who came to London from Romania to work, was stabbed in Redbridge, east London on January 3.

4) Vijay Patel, 49, died on January 6 after being attacked outside a shop in Mill Hill Broadway after refusing a teenager trying to buy Rizla cigarette papers.

5) Daniel Frederick, 34, died after being stabbed in Hackney on January 8 while walking home after attending a hospital check-up with his pregnant partner.

6) Harry Uzoka, 25, worked as a model in London and was knifed in the heart in Shepherds Bush on January 11.

7) Seyed Azim Khans body was found in Ilford Cemetery with extensive head injuries in February after he went missing on his way home from work on January 24.

8  ) Yaya Mbye, 26, died in hospital after being stabbed in Stoke Newington. east London, on January 28.

9) Juan Olmos Saca, 39, was stabbed in the chest in Peckham, south east London, on the January 29 and died a week in hospital.

11) Eleven-week-old Lily-Mai Saint George was found unresponsive at an address in Tottenham on January 31. She died at Great Ormond Street Hospital three days later.

12) Hassan Ozcan was just 19 when he died from multiple stab wounds in Barking, east London, on February 3.

13) Kwabena Nelson, 22, a youth worker from Tottenham, died after being stabbed near his home on February 3.

16) Bulent Kabala was the first victim to be shot dead in 2018. The 41-year-old was gunned down on February 12 and died at the scene in Barnet, north London.

18) Lord Promise Nkenda was just 17 when he was stabbed in Canning Town, east London, on Valentines Day.

19) Mark Smith, 48, died from multiple injuries after being found unconscious in Waltham Forest on February 15.

20) Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed in the early hours of February 18 after going to a house party in Kensington. He died outside the former home of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

21) Jozef Boci, 30, suffered serious head injuries after being attacked on the street in Greenwich on February 17 and died in hospital just under a week later.

24) Abdikarim Hassan, 17, a friend of Sadiq, died on the same night after also being stabbed in Camden.

25) Amir Ellouizi, 24, was shot in Westminster on February 20 and died seven days later on February 27.

26) Michael Boyle, 44, died from a single stab wound to the chest. He was attacked on 25 February and died in hospital on March 10.

28) Laura Figueira, 47, was found dead at her home in Richmond, south west London, on March 5th having suffered stab wounds.

29 and 30) Later the same day, her husband Adelino Figueia de Faria, 57 and two young sons Claudio, 10, and Joaquin, 7, were discovered at the bottom of Beachy Head at Birling Gap, East Sussex, with all three having died from multiple injuries consistent with falling from a height.

33) Julian Joseph, 36, died in hospital 11 days after being attacked and suffering a serious head injury on a night bus in New Cross just after midnight of March 13.

35) Joseph William-Torres, 20, was shot in a car in in Essex Close, Walthamstow on March 14. Two teens, 15 and 17, charged with murder.

37) Naomi Hersi, 36, was found with stab wounds at a hotel near Heathrow Airport on March 16 and was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

38) Russell Jones, 23, died after suffering from stab injuries and a gunshot wound in Enfield, north London, on March 17.

40) Balbir Johal, 48, was admitted to hospital with stab wounds after being attacked in Southall on March 19 and died a few hours later.

42) Beniamin Pieknyi, 21, was found with stab wounds at the Stratford shopping centre in East London, on March 20 and was pronounced dead at the scene.

44) Wieslaw Kopcynski, 59, died on March 27th two days after being found lying in bed in Barking with serious head injuries following a suspected assault. A post-mortem found the cause of death was a complex skull fracture

45) David Potter, 50, was found dead inside a house in Tooting High Street on March 26 after suffering from stab injuries.

48) Ourania Lambrou, 80, died in hospital after being pushed to the ground by her attacker in a drunken rage in Camden on March 31.

50) Tanesha Melbourne, 17, was shot in the chest on April 2 after a drive-by shooting in Tottenham, north London.

51) Amaan Shakoor, 16, was shot in the face, also on April 2 in Walthamstow and died a day later in hospital.

52) Career criminal Henry Vincent, 37, died after being stabbed in the chest as he burgled Richard Osborn-Brooks house in Lewisham on April 4. The 78-year-old was initially arrested for murder but cleared of all charges and faces no further action.

53) Babatunde Akintayo Awofeso, 53, died after fight at a bookmakers in Upper Clapton on April 4 following reports of an altercation with another man.

Russell Jones, 23, became the eighth person in a week to be killed in London in March when he was ambushed outside shops in Enfield

54) Israel Ogunsola, 18, in Hackney after being stabbed, also on April 4. The victim approached police who performed first aid but he died at the scene after 25 minutes.

57) Natasha Hill, 18, found dead with head injuries at an address in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood at 4.22am on Sunday April 15.

58) Samantha Clarke, 30s, stabbed to death in Sudbourne Road, Brixton, at 6:30pm on Sunday, April 15th.

59) Sami Sidhom, 18, who studied law and history at Queen Mary University, was stabbed in the back just yards from his home in Forest Gate, east London, after going to the West Ham v Stoke game on April 16.

60) Builder John Woodward, 47, found dead on the roof of the Pressman Mastermelts building in Hatton Garden on April 17. Post-mortem gave cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

61) Aaron Springett, 32, died after street fight outside bookies in Merton, south west London, after suffering from a blunt force trauma to the chest on April 20. 

62) Kwasi Anim-Boadu, 20, stabbed during a mass brawl in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, north London, on April 21.

63) Leon Maxwell, 38, shot outside Queensbury tube station on May 1. A 26-year-old man also shot went to a north London hospital.

65) Onees Khatoon, 71, murdered at her home in Gade Close, Hayes, on May 13. Her son Majid Butt, 51, has been charged.

67) Abdulrahman Nassor Juma, 24, known to friends as Mani, fatally stabbed in the chest in Barking on May 17.

68) Osman Shidane, 20, stabbed repeatedly in Ruislip on evening of May 15, died three days later on Friday May 18.

69) Homeless Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, stabbed to death in Mitcham in early hours of Sunday May 20th. 

71) Father-of-two Marcel Campbell, 30, from Tottenham, fatally stabbed outside an ice cream parlour in Islington on Monday May 21st.

72) Gerry Gaffney, 46, died in hospital on May 21st, eight days after being repeatedly stabbed near The Oval cricket ground in south London on Sunday May 14th.

73) Molly Frank, 61, a care worker, suffered fatal head injuries at an Islington residential home on May 24 and died in hospital the next day. A special post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as intra-cerebral haemorrhage.

74) Aspiring actress and singer Bethany-Maria Beales, 22, fell to her death from the 19th floor of The Heron, a 36-storey residential skyscraper in the City on May 26.

76) Andra Hilitanu, 28, who was seven months pregnant with her third child, found stabbed in the neck at her flat in Brent on June 1st. The Romanian nationals family revealed that her unborn child also died.

77) Edmond Jonuzi, a 35-year-old Albanian, was knifed in park and collapsed near Turnpike Lane station in north London on the evening of Saturday June 9th. 

78) Gitana Matukeviciene, 50 and originally from Lithuania, found with multiple injuries at a residential address in Dagenham on Saturday June 9th never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on Tuesday June 12th. 

79) Mark Tremain, 52, died from his injuries on June 14th two weeks after being badly beaten near his home in Albert Square, Stockwell, on May 31st.

80) Apprentice lift engineer Joshua Boadu, 23, died in hospital on June 18th, seven days after being repeatedly stabbed in Bermondsey.

81) Matthew Thomas, 39, died shortly after being found with multiple injuries at a flat in Pimlico on Thursday June 21st.

82) Slawomir Weglarski, 39, died after a fight outside a pub in Greenford in the early hours of Saturday June 23rd.

83) Gita Suri, 56, found with stab wounds to her back in the garden of a house in Greenwich on Saturday June 23rd.

84) Schoolboy Jordan Douherty, 15, from Chafford Hundred, stabbed to death after a birthday party in Romford on Saturday June 23rd.

85) Ishak Tacine, 20, of Enfield, repeatedly stabbed in Edmonton following reports of an altercation between men armed with baseball bats on June 27th.

Drill rapper Latwaan Griffiths died of stab wounds after he was dumped in a Camberwell street by a moped rider

87) Janek Brakonecki, 57, a Polish national, found critically injured in a car park off Leytonstone High Road on Saturday July 7th.

89) Latwaan Griffiths, 18, from Southwark, died in hospital hours after being found with stab wounds in Denmark Road, Camberwell, on July 25. He had been dumped in the street by a moped rider.

90) Sheila Thomas, 69, was found stabbed to death at her home in Casino Avenue, Herne Hill on Tuesday July 31st.

91) Drill rapper Sidique Kamara, 23, aka Incognito, stabbed to death in Camberwell in an alleged gang feud on August 1.

92) Thomas Peter, 50, of Valentines Way, Dagenham, has been charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life after woman found dead in east London on Thursday August 2nd.

Joel Urhie was found dead inside the burnt-out shell of his family home in Deptford earlier this month

93) Malik Chattun, 22, from Surbiton, stabbed to death in group fight in Kingston just after 2am on Aug 5.

94) Seven-year-old Joel Urhie died in arson attack on his family home in Adolphus Street, Deptford, just before 3.30am on Tuesday August 7th.

95) Simonne Kerr, 31, A nurse who starred as part of a the B Positive choir who reached the final of this years Britains Got Talent, stabbed to death at an address in Grayshott Road, Battersea, on Wednesday August 15th.

96) Joseph Cullimore, 42, died after being repeatedly stabbed at a house in Chingford in the early hours of Friday August 17th.

97) Gary Amer, 63, a plumber of Holborn, found with multiple knife wounds at an address off the Old Kent Road on the afternoon of Friday August 17th.

98) Leroy Junior Edwards, 66, found with multiple stab wound at an address in Catford in the early hours of Saturday August 18th.

99) Kaltoun Saleh was badly burnt in a fire at a flat in Finsbury Park on July 5th and died at a specialist burns hospital on Tuesday August 21st.

100) Carole Harrison, 73, found dead inside her house in Teddington following a fire on Wednesday August 22nd. A post-mortem found she had suffered injuries consistent with an assault.

 

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