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London Knife Crime: 18 Year Old Youth Jailed For Murder Of Northolt Teenager

An 18-year-old teenager has been found guilty of murdering another teenager, Jason Issacs in Northolt.

18 year old Joel Amade of Eastwood Road, Ilford, was found guilty by a jury after a trial at the Old Bailey.

He will be sentenced on Monday, 13 May.

An investigation was launched by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command after Jason – a talented footballer – was stabbed in a residential cul-de-sac in Northholt in 2017.

Police were called just before 22:30hrs on Saturday, 18 November to Newnham Close and found the 18-year-old suffering from multiple injuries.

Jason Isaacs

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, and immediately had surgery. He remained critical for some time before dying at 11.55hrs on Tuesday, 21 November.

During the trial, which began on Monday, 18 March, the court heard how 18-year-old Jason and four of his friends had made their way to the area after deciding to spend their Saturday night at a friend’s house.

They walked to Oldfields Circus in Northolt and bought some drinks, before heading along Orchard Close.

As they got past the junction heading towards Girton Road, two mopeds appeared and drove at speed towards the group.

On each moped was a rider and a pillion passenger, who were all masked or wearing helmets and carrying weapons. They stopped the mopeds at Newnham Gardens, jumped off, and began to chase Jason and his friends.

They resumed the chase on their mopeds and Jason became separated.

He was pursued into Newnham Close and set upon in what was described as a shocking and sustained knife attack.

The attackers fled the scene on the mopeds and an investigation was launched.

Prior to the arrival of London Ambulance Service, one of Jason’s friends and a resident, whose door Jason had knocked on in distress, attempted first aid. He had collapsed in their front garden but unknown to those who were trying to help him, had been fatally wounded.

A post mortem examination at Uxbridge Mortuary on 24 November 2017, established that Jason had eight knife wounds, possibly caused by two different weapons.

He had been stabbed four times in the back, and it was one of these which proved to be the fatal injury. Jason also had a wounds to his upper right arm, right elbow, right knee and left thigh.

These were consistent with injuries caused by a sword or machete.

Amade was first arrested on Monday, 20 November, 2017 on suspicion of attempted murder and bailed while further enquiries were made. In the wake of Jason’s death and post mortem results, he was arrested again on Thursday, 30 November and charged with murder.

Amade appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 1 December, where he denied murder and was remanded in custody.

Amade – originally from the Harrow area – left his home in Ilford at around 16:45hrs on the day of the attack and used public transport to get to Northolt.

CCTV showed that he was carrying a black motorcycle helmet and had made a telephone call just before he headed over to north west London,

By 12.30am, around two hours after the attack, Amade took a train back to east London and was caught on a CCTV camera at Wembley Park station wearing the same clothes as he had been seen in earlier that day.

Upon his arrest at the Ilford address, these clothes – a puffed jacket and hoody were found – alongside the helmet which also featured a distinctive V shaped logo. This matched that of a moped pillion rider captured on nearby CCTV shortly before the attack.

During the course of the investigation, one of the mopeds used was recovered and forensically examined. Blood was found on one of the body panels. DNA profiled identified Amade as being the likely contributor on a one in a billion basis.

Detective Inspector Simon Deefholts from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, who led the investigation, said: “On that night in 2017, Jason was looking forward to spending time with his friends, much like any typical teenager in London.

“No young person should go out for the night with his friends and never return, but that was the consequence of this ferocious attack.

“Tragically, his Saturday night ended by paying the highest of prices, and my thoughts and condolences remain with his family and friends

“Throughout this process, Amade maintained that he was not even in the vicinity of Northholt on the night of the murder, but this has been found to be false.

“I would like to recognise the bravery of Jason’s mother and family, as harrowing evidence about the murder was heard and shown in court.

“The residents of Newnham Close and Jason’s friends who tried in vain to save his life, will also have to live with the events of that night for the rest of their lives.

“Jason never regained consciousness and his family were not able to say goodbye.

“I hope today’s verdict brings some degree of closure and modest level of comfort to his loved ones.”

An 18-year-old man who also stood trial for murder alongside Amade was found not guilty.

Jail For Woman Who Stabbed Husband To Death Following Alcohol Fueled Row

A London woman who stabbed her husband to death following an alcohol fueled row in their family home has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years.

43 years old Natasha Honey Welsh of Greyhound Hill, Hendon, was convicted of the murder of 47-year-old Martin Welsh at the Old Bailey on Monday, 8 April.

She was sentenced at the same court today, Thursday, 14 April.

The court heard how the defendant and Martin Welsh were heavy and regular drinkers and appeared to have a volatile relationship

On 26 October 2018 the couple were at their home in Greyhound Hill, Hendon.

Forensic tests showed that both of them had been drinking heavily and were likely to be drunk as a result.

Also at the house on the night of the stabbing was their adult son. He was upstairs in his room playing a computer game and sending messages to a friend via his game console.

At 23:13hrs their son sent a message stating: “It’s kicking off how I ignore it even with my music playing.” It would appear that this was a reference to an argument between his parents.

Minutes later he heard his father say: “She’s just stabbed me”. At first he thought this was a joke, but he then went downstairs to see what was happening.

When he went into the kitchen area he saw his father lying on his back gasping for air and unable to breathe. There was a wound to his father’s right shoulder area and he noticed a knife on the floor near his father’s leg.

He recognised this as coming as from a knife block kept in the kitchen, this knife was later found to have Martin’s blood on it.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service were called at 23:39hrs to reports of a male having been stabbed.

The couple’s adult daughter had also been alerted and had gone to the scene. She found her mother sitting on the floor cross-legged beside her father.

She told police she shouted at her mother, asking her what had happened, but she remained silent.

On arrival, officers found the defendant next to Mr Welsh and recorded her saying, “That was me. Sorry. If it was in the arm, that was me. Sorry.”

Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, Mr Welsh was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination at the Northwick Park Hospital Mortuary on 28 October 2018 found that Martin had died of a single stab wound to the right upper chest. The wound was 12cm deep and went through chest wall muscle and pierced his lung and aorta.

Natasha Welsh was arrested and charged with murder on 28 October 2018.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “The defendant claimed to have no recollection of the events, but a jury has found that she was still responsible for her husband’s death. Being drunk does not excuse violent and criminal behaviour.”

“This couple had a volatile relationship that was exacerbated by alcohol use. I would urge any couple who are caught in such a downward spiral to seek help. I would also urge anyone who recognises their family or friends experiencing similar problems to contact police, or one of the many charities who can offer help and support.”

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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Police Launch Murder Investigation Following Fatal Stabbing In Posh North London Surburb

A murder investigation is underway after a man was stabbed to death in a leafy affluent surburb of North London.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a fatal stabbing in Pinner.

Officers were called at approximately 06:00hrs on Sunday, 24 March to reports of a man found suffering stab injuries inside a newsagent in Marsh Lane.

London Ambulance Service also attended the scene but the adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene at 06:46hrs.

It is believed the 54-year-old was attacked while opening Marsh Food and Wine in Pinner at about 06:00 GMT, the Met Police said.

Enquiries continue to establish the man’s identity and inform his next of kin.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate – Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe said:

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around Marsh Lane this morning and saw anything of interest to contact police.

“This was a violent robbery that has escalated, resulting in the murder of a man. It appears the till was stolen from the shop during this robbery and this may have been discarded by the suspect. If you have come across this, we want to hear from you.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a black Vauxhall Astra that was driven away at speed, south down Cecil Park immediately after the attack.

“We think that car was parked in Cecil Park prior to the murder – if you saw this, or have any other information that could help us progress this investigation, I would urge you to get in contact.”

A crime scene remains in place at Marsh Lane. Local officers are in the area and available should residents have concerns or information they wish to pass on.

Anyone with information can also contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD1653/24Mar.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.

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14 Year Old Schoolboy Arrested After Trying To Slash Another Pupil With A Meat Cleaver – In School!!!

A teenage schoolboy has been arrested after trying to slash another pupil’s face with a meat cleaver.

The 14-year-old was taken into custody after a brawl, which took place yesterday in a school in Harrow.

He is now on bail but will appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 18 April.

At least 40 people have been stabbed to death in the UK since the start of the year, with several of the victims being teenagers, reports.

The rise in knife crime has coincided with falling funds and numbers of officers, which have decreased by almost 20,000 since 2010.

The Ministry of Justice announced that knife and weapon offences are at a nine-year high, with nearly 21,500 crimes being dealt with by the criminal justice system in 2018.

Last week, after coming under intense pressure to boost police resources, the chancellor announced an extra £100m emergency funding package to allow police to mount more operations against violent crime.

However, John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation, told Sky News that this amount was ‘nowhere near enough’ to end the crisis.

He said: “This is a drop in the ocean when it comes to money that’s not only been stripped from policing, but other budgets, the social services budget, the education budget, and this is dealing with a crisis so yes, it’s going to help a little bit, but it’s not enough.”

Recently a Tory MP was ridiculed after suggesting that all knives in the UK should be fitted with GPS trackers.

Increasing UK Knife Crime Figures Fuelled By Repeat Offenders

The number of knife criminals being dealt with by the justice system has risen to a 10-year high as more repeat blade offenders are taken to court, official figures revealed today.

The Ministry of Justice statistics show that 21,484 people — including 4,686 from London — were prosecuted or cautioned for knife offences in England and Wales in 2018. The figure is the highest since 2009.

According to the report in the Evening Standard, the number is also more than 2,000 up on the total two years previously and more than 5,000 higher than the tally for 2013.

It is a sign of how significantly knife crime has risen in recent years.

A total of 4,430 of the 2018 offenders were juveniles aged 17 or under.

That was slightly down on the previous year’s total but higher than any of the preceding years up to 2009 in a sign of the increased prevalence of knife use among children.

Today’s statistics also show the number of repeat offenders is growing, with 28 per cent of adults and juvenile knife criminals last year being convicted or cautioned for a second or more blade offence. That represented 5,497 such offenders and is the highest proportion of repeat blade users since the statistics began being recorded in 2008.

Of those convicted last year, 37 per cent were given an immediate custodial sentence.

That compares with a figure of 20 per cent in 2008 and reflects a steady increase in recent years in the numbers being sent to jail for knife offences.

The average sentence length has also risen over the same period from 5.3 months a decade ago to 8.1 months last year.

It still means, however, that most knife offenders avoid prison and that many of those who are jailed are released back onto the streets after a relatively short time.

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Met Police Addresses London’s High Number Of Violent Incidents In One Week

The Metropolitan Police has spoken out in response to the high number of death by knife stabbings seen in the capital in the space of just one week.

In a statement addressing the violence in London over the last ten days, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty said:

“We have had a tragic ten days in London where we have seen a number of high profile, violent incidents and our thoughts are very much with the families and friends and indeed the wider communities affected by these tragic events. One incident, one injury, one death is one too many.

“Tackling violent crime remains the Met’s top priority and we have been working day and night to make progress. In advance of the weekend just passed, we had arranged for more officers from our Violent Crime Taskforce to be on duty and we have extended their shifts to raise our visibility across London. These officers are operating across London in both uniform and plain clothes. Officers from the homicide teams are working around the clock to bring justice to families and protect communities.

“This increased police presence has made a difference with officers conducting more than 2,500 stop and searches in the last three days alone. To give some idea of the scale of our activity around tackling knife crime, in the last 12 months we have seized thousands of weapons by utilising stop and search.

“However, we are not complacent and I would appeal to the public to contact police if they are aware of anyone carrying a knife.

“If you are not comfortable about speaking directly to police, please do contact Crimestoppers where you can provide information anonymously. By doing this, you could save a life.

“Whilst enforcement of the law is an important part of our activity in London, we are undertaking an enormous amount of work within schools and across the communities to try and prevent young people from getting involved in violence.

“We continue to work with partners in the Home Office, the Mayor’s Office and other organisations such as The Prince’s Trust to ensure we are taking a wide-ranging approach to tackling knife crime.

“We know that there is still a significant amount of work to do in order to rid the Capital of violence and we absolutely cannot solve this problem alone. The police, our partners and the public must continue to work together to prevent young lives being lost.”