Af­ter an 8-month preg­nant mum dies in yet an­other knife hor­ror, MPs plead...

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Knowles Home Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent

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

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