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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.

 

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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.


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“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.

 

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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


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