Day: April 3, 2018

Police Release Identity Of Plumstead Fatal Stabbing Victim

Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Greenwich have named the victim as 23-year-old Reece Tshoma.

Officers were called at 20:37hrs on Thursday, 29 March to a south-east London hospital after a male attended suffering from a stab wound to his neck. He had been driven to the hospital in a car by a friend.

Despite the extensive efforts of medical staff the man died later that evening.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a stab wound and internal haemorrhage.

On Tuesday, 3 April, he was formally identified as Reece Tshoma, from the Barking area of east London.

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Detectives believe that Reece was attacked near Nathan Way, Thamesmead.

There have been no arrests at this stage.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: “This investigation is ongoing and we are still piecing together exactly where and how the victim was attacked.

“Were you in the Plumstead area on the evening of 29 March? Did you witness a commotion or altercation, or see anything that seemed unusual, like a person or group of people running in the area? Any piece of information is useful to our investigation and I would urge you to call police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 020 8721 4805, or call police on 101 quoting ref 7434/29 March.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.



London’s Police Commissioner Blames Social Media For Rise In Violent Attacks And Murders

Britain’s most senior police officer has blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK, particularly among children.

After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, and 6 this month already.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were in part to blame for the bloodshed.

Trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet, Ms Dick said.



“There’s definitely something about the impact of social media in terms of people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly,” she told The Times.

She said that insults or threats online “makes [violence] faster, it makes it harder for people to cool down. I’m sure it does rev people up.”

She also compared the speed at which youths with no previous or very limited criminal record can become killers to the way some Islamic extremists become radicalised in a matter of days.

So far this year, 32 people have been knifed to death just in London and fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest levels since 2010-2011.


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick

It started with the murder of four young men during New Year’s Eve celebrations and has continued at a rate of one fatal stabbing every three days.

Teenagers as young as 17 are among the victims, while many more have been severely injured in a spate of violence that has sparked large-scale police operations and urgent policy changes.

If the bloodshed continues at the same rate, more than 121 people will be stabbed to death in the capital by the end of the year, a dramatic 50 per cent increase on 2017.

The Independent





3 Gun And Knife Murders Involving 16 And 17 year Olds Occured In London Last Night

2 teenagers have been killed and 1 critically wounded in the latest of a series of violent killings in London.

Police were called to reports of a shooting in Tottenham, north London, at 9.35pm on Monday.

Officers found the teenage girl with a gunshot wound in Chalgrove Road, a residential street near Northumberland Park station.

“Despite the best efforts of the London Ambulance Service, she was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.43pm,” a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said.

“Her next of kin are aware and a crime scene is in place. No arrests have been made at this stage.”

Neighbours said they heard gunshots at around 9.30pm on Monday. One witness, who works in a nearby shop, said he heard three bangs which sounded like fireworks.

He said he saw the victim sat with friends following the shooting before police cars and ambulances arrived. He also saw blood on the right side of the 17-year-old’s chest.

Another neighbour described the murder as “very sad”. She said: “I heard the bangs because I sleep in the front room. I thought it was a bomb.

Investigators at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Tottenham (Nigel Howard)

“It’s not nice – so many drugs, stabbings, cycles up and down – no respect for people any more.”

Less than half an hour after the alarm was first raised in Tottenham, police were alerted to another shooting around three miles away in east London which left a 16-year-old boy fighting for life.

Scotland Yard said it was called to reports of gunfire in Markhouse Road in Walthamstow at around 10pm.

On arrival they found two young victims suffering from gun shot and knife wounds.

The spokeswoman said: “A 16-year-old boy was found with gun shot injuries. He has been taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

“A second victim, aged 15, has been taken to an east London hospital with stab injuries. We await an update on his condition.”

The spokeswoman said it was too early to say if any links between the attacks were being investigated.

It came as London’s murder rate overtook New York’s for the first time ever (Nigel Howard)

Local Labour MP Stella Creasy tweeted: “Walthamstow – can confirm tonight we have had another serious incident involving shooting and stabbing.

“Appreciate this is very distressing- I will share more information as and when have it from official sources as only want to share what is confirmed.”

The incidents come amid concerns over rising violent crime in the capital.

On Sunday a 20-year-old man became the 31st victim of knife crime in London so far this year. He was fatally stabbed moments after leaving a bar in Wandsworth and died in the street.

On Thursday the family of Abraham Badru, 26, who was shot dead down in Hackney, east London on March 25 warned that “gun culture is becoming rampant in our community”.

A new report recently showed London’s murder rate had overtaken New York City’s for the first time ever. February marked the first month the UK capital saw more murders than New York, with 15 dead (nine aged 30 or younger).

According to the report in the Sunday Times, London also suffered 22 fatal stabbings and shootings in March, higher than the 21 in the Big Apple. Both cities have similarly sized populations of around 8.5m people.

New York City’s murder rate has decreased by around 87 per cent since the 1990s. Meanwhile, London’s has grown by nearly 40 per cent in just three years, not including deaths caused by terrorist attacks.

Additional reporting by the Press Association