Day: April 6, 2019

New shocking figures show there have been over 40 stabbings a day in London alone over the past 2 years

The shocking extent of London’s knife crime problem was revealed today as figures showed that 40 knife offences a day were reported to police over a two-year period.

A person was knifed to death on average every four days in London in 2017 and 2018, figures revealed, following a Freedom of Information request by the Standard.

The figures reveal the total number of knife offences including those involving stabbings and deaths caused by a blade for the calendar years of 2017 and 2018. Met Police dealt with 29,232 knife offences in a two years.

On average this is about 40 offences a day in London.

The total number of homicides and stabbings fell across the two-year period however. In 2018, the number of knife attacks fell by over 500. In 2017, there was 4,784 stabbings and in 2018 there was 4,246. The number of homicides also fell by 12.

Police at the scene of a stabbing in London

Official statistics for 2019 have not been made available just yet buy Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the decrease is encouraging.

Although the number is still “too high”, Mr Khan praised London communities and the Met for their work in reducing crime.

A spokesman from the Ben Kinsella Trust, which tackles knife crime through education and campaigning, said the small reduction is not a victory yet.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers are working “day and night” to identify and pursue knife criminals.

The majority of the crimes detailed in the figures were committed in Southwark with 1,594 offences occuring in that London borough

The borough also had the highest number of knife-related homicides with 17 people being stabbed to death in two years.

17 people being stabbed to death in two years in Southwark alone.
Bexley was the only borough of 33 to not have any deaths resulting from a knife in the two years.

Mr Khan said: “Thanks to London’s communities and the hard work of the Met Police, who have been targeting offenders and removing dangerous weapons from our streets, we are seeing some knife crime offences starting to fall, but it still remains too high.

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New Medical Doctor Stabbed To Death Day After His Graduation

Dr Stephen Urueye was among the 8000 students that graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria last Wednesday. Just a day after, he was stabbed to death by armed robbers.

He was attacked just outside the gates of Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH, where he worked as a House Officer.

His colleagues disclosed thay Dr Steven had just received his first salary the same day he was stabbed to death.

Steven was also the only child of his wofowrd mother

Two persons were on Friday arrested and charged with his murder.

Lagos State Police Command spokesperson Deputy Superintendent (DSP), Bala Elkana, a who described those arrested as “hoodlums,” said they were arrested at the spot where the Urueye was stabbed.

Bleeding heavily from the knife stab wound to his thigh, Steven managed to get to the Accident and Emergency Centre (A&E) from where he was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

There, his fellow House Officers and senior doctors battled all through the night to save him but he sadly died around 3am on Friday.

The late Urueye’s remains have been deposited at the mortuary.

Meanwhile,

Emotions ran high in LUTH, Idi-Araba on Friday as soon as news of his death broke. Many medical students of LUTH embarked on a protest, calling for justice for the victim.

According to them, Idi-Araba has been overtaken by armed thugs. They called on the government and security agencies to beef up security in the area.

Some of his colleagues and other Nigerians took to Twitter to lament Urueye’s murder and also seek justice for him with the hashtag #JusticeForStephen.