Red Oc­to­ber –shock at num­ber of stab­bings


Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - CHAR­LOTTE NEAL

THREE peo­ple have died and 10 oth­ers have been in­jured in mul­ti­ple stab­bing in­ci­dents across west Lon­don in the first 18 days of Oc­to­ber 2017.

On Mon­day Oc­to­ber 16 two men lost their lives in sep­a­rate bru­tal at­tacks in Lon­don’s streets – one a char­ity worker who was mugged by moped thugs and killed prac­ti­cally on his own doorstep, seem­ingly for his mo­bile phone.

Two years since Metropoli­tan Po­lice launched Op­er­a­tion Spec­tre - aimed at re­duc­ing knife crime and the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties – the num­ber of knife-re­lated in­ci­dents con­tin­ues to spi­ral.

In 2015-16, there were 4,374 of­fences recorded across Lon­don as “vi­o­lence against a per­son with an of­fence weapon”, ris­ing by 21.2% to 5,305 in 2016-17, lat­est data on the Met’s web­site shows.

The num­ber of mur­ders has re­mained steady, with 103 recorded in 2015-16 and 102 in 2016-17, while “other vi­o­lence” has dra­mat­i­cally in­creased from 9,961 in­ci­dents in 2015-16 to 11,550 the fol­low­ing year.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, the Met con­ducted the high­est num­ber of anti knife-crime ac­tiv­i­ties in Lon­don bor­oughs since the op­er­a­tion was launched, tak­ing 399 weapons off the streets.

One year on, the sit­u­a­tion in west Lon­don cer­tainly makes for grim read­ing.

A mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion has also been launched this month af­ter Kamil Metler, 31, was found slumped in an al­ley­way in Houn­slow on Oc­to­ber 8 with se­ri­ous head in­juries.

Eight days later, Moldovan na­tional Vi­tali Dae­cov, of no fixed ad­dress, was charged with mur­der.

Other knife-re­lated in­ci­dents cur­rently un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­clude an at­tempted rob­bery in Houn­slow, in which a man in an elec­tric wheel­chair was at­tacked with a knife af­ter re­fus­ing to hand over a bag, on Oc­to­ber 12.

A ma­chete-wield­ing moped gang of six are be­ing sought af­ter a “smash

We must work with com­mu­ni­ties to help com­bat knife crime

An 18-year-old was stabbed in the shoul­der, hip and bot­tom in Ful­ham on Oc­to­ber 15. No re­ported ar­rests. and grab” jew­ellery raid in Re­gent’s Street, West­min­ster, on Oc­to­ber 9.

In April, wor­ry­ing sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Met showed a con­sid­er­able leap in knife and gun crime in Lon­don – gun crime rose by 42% and knife crime by 24% yearon-year in 2016/17.

“Young peo­ple car­ry­ing knives are do­ing so for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons in­clud­ing sta­tus, crim­i­nal­ity and self-pro­tec­tion but only around a quar­ter are af­fil­i­ated with gangs,” said As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Martin He­witt at the time. An 18-year-old boy was knocked off his moped and stabbed by up to five men in a hor­ri­fy­ing at­tack in Bar­net on Oc­to­ber 10. It al­legedly fol­lowed a dis­pute.

“While we con­tinue to fo­cus on re­duc­ing stab­bings by tak­ing weapons and dan­ger­ous of­fend­ers off the streets, pre­ven­tion and di­ver­sion from knife crime is key.

“There are com­plex so­cial rea­sons why more young peo­ple are car­ry­ing knives and this can­not be solved by

A man was ar­rested af­ter an­other man, be­lieved to be in his 30s, was stabbed in the leg on Oc­to­ber 9. The ar­rested man has been bailed, pend­ing en­quiries.

A driver re­port­edly tried to run over the vic­tim be­fore he was stabbed in the neck on Oc­to­ber 7 in Not­ting Hill. Two ar­rests.

18-year-old Saif Ab­dul Magid, from Eal­ing, died of mul­ti­ple stab wounds in Neas­den on the po­lice alone, we must work with com­mu­ni­ties to help com­bat knife crime.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about any­one car­ry­ing or us­ing knives, tell the po­lice by call­ing 101, or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111. Oc­to­ber 6. Three boys, two aged 14 and an­other 15, have been charged with mur­der.

A 17-year-old was stabbed in the thigh at 3.30pm on Oc­to­ber 6, in Northolt. Po­lice pres­ence was in­creased in the area over the week­end that fol­lowed. Three men have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with an at­tack on a 21-year-old man on Oc­to­ber 5. The vic­tim was flown to hospi­tal by air am­bu­lance.

An 18-year-old was stabbed fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion in Lad­broke Grove on Oc­to­ber 1. No ar­rests re­ported.

Knife crimes in West Lon­don this month in­clude a fa­tal stab­bing in Par­sons Green on Oc­to­ber 16 (above) and man be­ing knifed in the leg in Yiewsley on Oc­to­ber 9 and a bru­tal stab­bing in Ruis­lip on Oc­to­ber 13

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