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6 Stabbings. 90 Minutes. One City: London
Knife Crime on the Rise in the Capital
Knife crime has plagued London for a very long time. Without easy access to guns, criminals are using the second best option: a sharp instrument. Recently, stories have poured out of the capital detailing knife attacks that seem to be a part of a never-ending tirade.
In 2003, there were 10,305 documented knife-related crimes in London. In 2004, this number jumped up to 12,985 documented knife-related crimes in London, an increase of 2,680! Although this number stayed fairly consistent until 2010, it is still a huge indication of the magnitude of knife crime in the capital.
Things are not improving in the current year. As more and more stabbings take place in London, it seems as though this will never end. Just yesterday (05/04/2018), 6 stabbings occurred within 90 minutes in the capital...
As a result of these 6 stabbings, a 13 year-old has been left fighting for his life.
6 Stabbings in 90 Minutes
Simply adding to the excess of knife crime in recent weeks, 6 stabbings took place within a matter of 90 minutes across London on Thursday (05/04/2018). Newham Police have reported that three youths have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.
A 13 year-old and two 15 year-olds are in serious condition after they were rushed to hospital with stab wounds. The 13 year-old was taken in at around 6:57PM after being stabbed in broad daylight. The two 15 year-olds were attacked in Mile End around an hour earlier.
In relation to the attack on the 15 year-old boys, two males have now been taken into custody, according to Tower Hamlets Police. One alleged perpetrator is 16 years-old whilst the other has not had their age identified.
Earlier on Thursday evening, a 15 year-old had been found stabbed in East India Dock Road and another teenager was stabbed in Ealing Broadway. This string of stabbings is believed to have started at around 5:30PM, culminating in the final stabbing, mentioned above, at around 6:57PM - a truly horrifying 90 minutes for the city of London.
Sadiq Khan's Delusions
In 2017, Sadiq Khan stated that London is "one of the safest cities in the world" and he couldn't be further from the truth. London tends to have disproportionate levels of crime compared to other cities in the UK and this trend looks set to maintain its course into the abyss.
After the stabbings referenced above, Khan stated that there had been "a billion pounds worth of cuts" to policing - seemingly using this as a reason why these incidents had taken place. I am sure that he is right, making cuts to the police is going to do no good to the crime rates across the country. However, there has to be more to this than simple budget cuts.
The British government needs to stop these crimes as the source. The UK can deal with having a weakened police force, but the thinking behind these crimes must be thwarted.
What makes a teenager think that it is acceptable to walk the streets of London armed with a knife? What makes a teenager think that it is acceptable to attack someone using this knife?
Demographics also have to be taken into account. Recently, The Sun published an article covering the sheer number of stabbings in London this year. Within the article was a list of the names of all of the victims of London-based stabbings in 2018. The majority of the list was made up of non-British names, which suggests that this is an issue predominantly found in minority communities.
Rather than brushing race under the carpet, it's time it was looked into more thoroughly. If the issue of stabbings is truly a problem predominantly in minority communities, then something must be done to change this. Realistically, you cannot help people and you cannot make change unless the underlying issue is identified correctly.
London, as a city, has been declining for a while now, in my eyes. It attracts some of the greatest people in the world but also a large amount of the seediest people in the world and this is having a damning effect on the capital.
Lots of areas in the city are beginning to become very unsafe and this will only be detrimental for the residents living there. With knife crime on the rise and gang culture still playing its role, it's difficult to see what can be done in order to cleanse London of its notoriety.
Hopefully one day we will see London prosper, with crime at an all-time low. After all, it is one of the greatest cities on this planet and Britain will only benefit from London's exceptional status as a global city.