ACT NOW TO HALT THIS SENSELESS BLOODSHED
After an 8-month pregnant mum dies in yet another knife horror, MPs plead...
THE shocking murder of a heavily pregnant woman is the “final wake-up call” in Britain’s bloody battle against knife crime, it was claimed last night.
Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, who was eight months pregnant, died during a weekend of bloodshed which saw at least three people brutally stabbed to death in just over 24 hours.
Paramedics delivered the 26-year-old’s baby son at the scene but family members yesterday admitted little Riley is “unlikely to survive” as he fights for life in hospital. In one of her last Facebook posts, Kelly shared an ultrasound photograph with the caption: “Happy Valentine’s sweet pea... we can’t wait to meet you.”
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan
Smith told the Daily Express: “All murders shame us. But the very fact a pregnant woman has suffered this fate underlines that if we don’t get it under control, this will spread wider and wider.
“This is the last wake-up call – otherwise there will be anarchy on our streets.”
Mr Duncan Smith warned that police must get street gangs “under control” and stressed that anyone caught carrying a weapon must face the “most severe penalties”.
He said: “There has to be a policy, without exception, that those who are carrying weapons must face the most severe penalties.”
Citing the Public Health Approach to serious violence which has been implemented in America, as well as parts of the UK, Mr Duncan Smith added: “The Mayor of London must start implementing the policies that have worked in Boston and in Strathclyde.”
Kelly was stabbed to death in Thornton Heath, south London, in the early hours of Saturday morning while a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in Newham, east London, on Saturday night.
A 54-year-old man died after a fight in Lambeth, south London, on Saturday and a teenager died after staggering into a hospital in Southwark, south London, yesterday morning, taking the capital’s murder toll this year to at least 66.
Former Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry Campbell said: “It’s a very sad state of affairs because every one of these numbers is a person.At what point is enough enough?
“The Public Health Approach to violence is going to take a long time to bed in.
“Until then, we need a significant uplift in the preventative policing of gangs, knife crime and serious youth violence hotspots.
“The police need to be resourced to enable them to tackle serious youth violence and knife crime.”
Yesterday, forensics teams were sweeping Kelly’s south London home for clues and detectives were seen swabbing an alleyway running alongside the property.
Two men have so far been arrested over her murder – a 29-year-old who was last night in custody and a 37-year-old who was released under investigation.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Violence against women is endemic in society and devastating murders in the home, like this one, show the scale of the problem we face. My prayers are with this innocent child, and with the mother it has so tragically lost.”
Police found a man in his 20s suffering from stab wounds in Newham, east London, on Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Three men were yesterday arrested after an 18-year-old died after a knife attack in Southwark. A 54-year-old man was killed on Saturday night, and two men, aged 62 and 66, were arrested on suspicion of his murder.
Scotland Yard last night appealed to the community for help to stop the scourge of knife crime.
A statement said: “Bearing down on violent crime on the streets of
London continues to be a top priority for the Met.
“Teams across the city are working tirelessly to identify offenders, help bring perpetrators to justice, take weapons off the street, support victims, engage and reassure the public and keep communities safe.
“However, the police cannot solve this problem alone.
Communities have a vital role to play. We want to hear from anyone who may have information about people who may carry knives or firearms, or who are involved in organised drug crime and violence.
“This information could save lives in the future.”
Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, with a cake for her son Riley
Horror scene... a police officer stands guard at the scene of Saturday’s stabbing in Newham