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Sadiq's London: More than 150 teens have been murdered in the capital since Khan became Mayor


A 16-year-old boy who was brutally stabbed on the streets of London was the 150th teenager to be murdered in the capital since Sadiq Khan became Mayor.

More than 150 teenagers have now been murdered in the capital in since Khan first took office seven years ago, as just hours later an 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed near a tube station just before midnight on Friday.

A boy was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Sunday after handing himself in to an east London police station, where he remains in custody.

Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has insisted that tackling violent crime remains his 'number one priority' as two fatal stabbings took the total of teenagers murdered in the capital to 151 since he was elected seven years ago this week.

Khan took office at City Hall on May 9, 2016. Student Matthew Kitandwe, 18, who had represented Uganda at football at youth level, became the first teenager to be murdered in London following Khan's election when he stabbed to death in Battersea, south London, on June 21 that year.

Since then another 150 teenagers have been murdered in the capital.

The 100th teenager to be murdered since Khan became Mayor, 19-year-old Eltom Mohamed Eltom, was fatally stabbed in Queen's Park, west London, on October 31, 2020.

That grim milestone was reached four years and five months into Khan's time as Mayor, two years and three months quicker than under the reign of his Tory predecessor Boris Johnson.

A total of 118 teenagers were murdered in London during the eight years that Johnson was Mayor from May 4th, 2008, to May 9th, 2016.

The 100th teenager to be murdered while Johnson was Mayor was killed in January 2015, six years and eight months into his time in charge at City Hall.

Of the 151 teenagers killed while Khan has had the reins at City Hall, 129 have been stabbed and 15 shot while seven were killed by other means. Six of the 151 victims were girls.

The five youngest victims were just 14-years-old while 16 were 15-year-olds, and 25 were aged 16.