Category: Knife Crime

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.”

East London Fatal Stabbing Victim Named

Police investigating the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl in Romford, have named the victim as 17-year-old Jodie Chesney.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 21:25hrs on Friday, 1 March, to reports of a stabbing in a park close to St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill. Officers attended and found Jodie suffering from a stab injury. She was pronounced dead at 22:26hrs.

Her next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination on Sunday, 3 March, at East Ham mortuary gave cause of death as trauma and haemorrhage.

A murder investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).

Initial enquiries have established that Jodie was with a group of five other teenagers playing music and socialising in the park on Friday evening.

Jodie’s group were aware of two males in the park who left at around 2100hrs without interacting with Jodie or her friends. Around 30 minutes later the pair returned to the park and walked straight towards the group, where one of the males stabbed Jodie once in the back.

Nothing was said by the two suspects, who ran off in the direction of Retford Road.

The suspect who attacked Jodie is described as a black male aged in his late teens. There is no further description of him at this stage, nor is there any description of the other male.

Detectives are urging witnesses or anyone with information to contact police.

17 Year Old Girl Stabbed To Death In East London Last Night

Detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a girl in Havering.
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 21:25hrs on Friday, 1 March, to reports of a stabbing in a park close to St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill.
Officers attended and found a girl, believed to be aged 17, suffering from a stab injury. She was pronounced dead at 22:26hrs.
Next of kin have been informed but officers await formal identification. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
An investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.
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Acting Detective Chief Superintendent John Ross of the East Area Command Unit said:
“Yesterday a 17-year-old girl lost her life, and I want to express my deepest sympathies to this girl’s family and friends. Her death is a tragedy. I can reassure them and the whole community that we are doing everything possible to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible.
“It is days like these that really do highlight how we must continue to work tirelessly with our partners and the public to tackle knife crime.
“The victim was fatally stabbed at 9.25pm last night – Friday, 1 March – in a park off St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill.
“I am urging any witnesses, anyone who saw anything suspicious or anyone with information about the incident to contact police and share what they know.
“There will be additional police patrols in and around the Harold Hill area in the coming days, and anyone with any information should please speak with those officers.
“Since the middle of last year, we have seen some reductions in knife crime – particularly in relation to people under the age of 25. However we are NOT complacent.
“Bearing down on violent crime on the streets of London is a top priority for the Met, and I am clear that the people of Havering and communities across London have an absolutely vital role to play.
“We need to hear from anyone who has information that could detect or prevent crime. Your information could take a knife off our streets or save a life.”

Radio presenter Claudz Thornton said “Shocking news to wake up to !! The fact that it’s a girl may make people stand up a bit more , but just for a couple of days perhaps…. It’s all so common but we must never become desensitised, particularly when we read this happening to our male children , their lives are just as valuable, this is so painfully confusing”.
An investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.
Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Five Members Of The Same Family, Others Charged With Murder Of Eltham Teenager

Detectives investigating the murder of 18-year-old Jay Sewell in Eltham on 11 December 2018 have charged eight people in connection with the investigation.

All eight were charged on Wednesday, 27 February as follows:

Daniel Grogan, 20 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm [GBH] with intent.

Peter Grogan 22 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Francesca Grogan, 29 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Ann Grogan, 54 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Robert Grogan, 57 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Jamie Bennett, 31 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Liam Hickey, 19 of Crown Wood Way, SE9 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Also charged with murder and GBH with intent was a 16-year-old boy from Greenwich.

They will all appear at Bromley Magistrates Court on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Earlier, Charlie Dudley, 25 of no fixed address, was charged on 16 December 2018 with the murder of Jay Sewell.

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He appeared in custody at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on 17 December 2018 and next appears at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 6 March.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the witness line on 020 8721 4205, or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.


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2 Brothers Charged With The Murder Of Battersea Teen

Two brothers have been charged with the murder of Lejean Richards in Battersea.

Roy Reyes-Nieves – 23 of Parkham Street, SW11 and Roger Reyes-Nieves – 18 of Woodvale Walk, SE27 were both charged with Lejean’s murder on Sunday, 24 February.

They will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 25 February.

Both were arrested on Saturday, 23 February.

This follows an investigation by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

An investigation was launched following a stabbing in Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road, Battersea on Tuesday, 5 February.

Lejean Richards, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.


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Police Name Euston Stabbing Victim As 22 Year Old Bright Akinlele

Detectives investigating the murder of a 22-year-old man in Camden can now name the victim.

Although we await formal identification, officers are confident that the deceased is university graduate Bright Akinlele, aged 22.

The sports management graduate who was forging a career in music management walked into a hotel in Euston Street, Camden shortly before 22:45hrs on Monday, 18 February suffering from stab injuries.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service, but despite efforts to treat him, Bright was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:31hrs.

Enquiries have established that he entered the lobby of the hotel from the street and then collapsed.

Ivan Toney, a professional footballer for League One side Peterborough United, denied reports that Mr Akinlele had been involved in filming a “drill” rap video before the stabbing.

He added: “We are all devastated. His friends and family are devastated.

“I’ve known Bright for years. He was a university graduate who worked hard to get a degree in sports management to be where he wanted to be in life.

“He was doing what he loved and was working as a manager to an artist in the music industry.

“I spoke to him the day before he died and was so impressed with how committed he was to his work and how determined he was to live his life as a good, honest and humble person.”

Another close friend told the Standard: “Bright was an amazing person with an infectious energy. You can meet him once and remember him for a life time because he was simply an amazing person.

In an emotional tribute, Northampton MC, Izzie Gibbs said Mr Akinlele was a childhood friend who was “a clean-hearted human being trying to help people change their lives.”

Staff at the hotel immediately came to his aid, contacting the emergency services.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed. Formal ID has not yet taken place.

A postmortem examination carried out on Wednesday, 20 February found the cause of death to be a stab wound to the leg.

Four men and seven women, aged from 19 to 28, were arrested on Monday, 18 February at an address in Camden on suspicion of murder. All eleven have been released on bail to return on a date in mid-March pending further enquiries.

A murder investigation has been launched by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command under the leadership of Detective Chief Inspector Glen Lloyd.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.