In a sad reminiscence of the horrific month of bloodbath last March, a number of 5 fatal stabbings took place in the capital city in just 1 week.
Two of them killed during the weekend, were sons of Nigerian parents
17 year old Malcolm Mide-Madariola , was fatally knifed on Friday outside Clapham South Tube station. The college student from Peckham, later died of his injuries in hospital.
On Sunday, Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, from Dagenham, was fatally stabbed by a group of “four or five” young men who attacked him in daylight in Anerley, south London.
Ayodeji died not far from Betts Park, just over a year after 17-year-old Michael Jones was stabbed to death there , and is one of the latest in a string of fatal stabbings in south London.
Last Thursday, Jay Hughes, 15, was found with stab wounds at Morley’s chicken shop on Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, at 17:20.
The young teen wanted to become a cartoonist and loved riding his mountain bike, his aunt told the Evening Standard. Rochelle, 32, told the paper her nephew was not involved in gangs, adding: “He said he was going out to get some food and he never came back.”
Just last night, a teenager, who has become London’s fifth murder victim in six days, was found with fatal wounds in Tulse Hill last night after police were called to reports of a shooting.
The devastated mother of the murdered boy aged 16 cried out “my son, my son” as he lay dying in the street after he was attacked in south London.
Witnesses today told how the mother of the latest victim had arrived in her car to collect her son, who was visiting the estate when he was attacked at 10.53pm.
Paramedics tried to save the boy, named locally as John, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The murder brings the number of homicides in London this year to 119, of whom 22 were teenagers.
Last night’s death brings the number of Britain’s knife” fatalities to 250 in 2018 alone.
Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under fire and accussed of “copping out after he was reported as claiming “It could take a generation to solve London’s violent crime problem”
Mayor Sadiq Khan told the BBC’s Today programme to “really make significant progress can take up to 10 years”.
In September, a London Violence Reduction Unit was set up mirroring the approach taken in Glasgow, where violence is treated as a public health issue and “a disease infecting communities”.
According to City Hall figures police coverage in London is at its lowest rate in 20 years with 3.3 police officers for every thousand Londoners – the lowest rate since 1998 and 19% below 2010.
Local leaders need to be more successful in lobbying the government for extra money for policing, Mr Khan said.
Home Office minister Victoria Atkins said combating violent crime “isn’t just about police numbers”.
Met Police commander Stuart Cundy said there were “hundreds of additional duty officers on the streets”.