Yet More Stabbings Drench English Capital in Blood
London continues to be marred with bloodshed as a spate of stabbings with machetes, swords, and knives has taken place throughout the capital in recent days.
A stabbing outside Manor House underground railway station in the early hours of Thursday morning took an even darker turn as a police officer investigating was hit by a car which drove through the crime scene cordon before speeding off.
No arrests have yet been made for the stabbing or the hit-and-run on the police officer, who was not injured and treated by a paramedic for shock at the scene.
Days earlier, an unidentified man was left in critical condition,and another hospitalised after a fight broke out on Streatham High Street in South London.
Lambeth Police wrote on social media: “Police were called at 6.10 pm to reports of a fight near Streatham station. Two males (no further details) were taken to hospital for treatment to stab injuries. One of whom is in a critical condition. No arrest yet.”
Two hours before the knife attack in Streatham, police were called to the scene of another stabbing on Gwendolen Avenue in Wandsworth.
The victim of the stabbing, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital before being discharged. Again, no arrests have been made so far.
On Monday morning, another man was stabbed in High Wycombe, a suburb just outside of London. The 19-year-old was stabbed with a large knife as he was hunted down by two suspected teenagers at 11:15 am.
Police said that they believe the man was stabbed with either a machete or sword.
Wycombe CID Detective Inspector Gill Fox said: “I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be a targeted assault and that there is no risk to the wider community.”
A total of nine people were stabbed in London on Sunday, including an attack that left five men injured, with one in critical condition, during a stabbing spree in Bexleyheath in South London.
Two more men, including a teenager, were found with knife injuries near a Tube station in East London following what police characterised as an “altercation” between the two of them.
On Saturday, a murder inquiry was launched following the death of a 22-year-old man in Burnt Oak in North West London. Murder investigations were launched following knife killings in Barnet and Lewisham over the weekend too.
The latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released in July showed that knife crime in England and Wales rose to record levels in the year leading up to March, with London being the main driver in the rise.
During Khan’s tenure as mayor, murders have risen by 23 per cent, and knife crime rose by seven per cent. Since 2018, homicides committed with knives or other blades have increased by 28 per cent, with 86 people being stabbed or slashed to death in London last year.