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Another teenager loses their life in a stabbing in London

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SquirmOfEels Mon 08-May-17 18:40:58

The sixth this year sad

And then the non-fatal stabbings. And those where the victim is older than teen.

It seems as if nearly every day there is news of another attack. And some of the headlines are lurid.

I've started to worry for my teens like I never had before.

Is it really a rise? Or is it a change in what is reported?
(or just me seeing every report as confirmation of my perception)

RoseAndRose Mon 08-May-17 18:53:54

There's also an upswing in the number of muggings where the attackers are on mopeds

This BBC article describes a spate of incidents in Battersea (which of course is described in terms of it all happening near Prince George's school)

SquirmOfEels Tue 09-May-17 07:04:21

Sadiq Khan launched a new knife crime strategy in autumn last year. Something seems to have gone very wrong.

SquirmOfEels Fri 19-May-17 13:23:08

I've just seen an account of the death of a 20 year old

14 dead (all ages) in 4 weeks

NoLoveofMine Sat 20-May-17 01:23:20

Gang related.

London is one of the safest places to stroll around as a young person in the world.

Holland00 Sat 20-May-17 01:26:06

Really No love? Out of interest what makes you say that?

NoLoveofMine Sat 20-May-17 01:27:14

As a percentage of the population there's more violent crime in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Brighton...

NoLoveofMine Sat 20-May-17 01:27:41

The Met Police is also the best equipped and has the best response time. The conviction rate for most violent crime is also best in London.

NoLoveofMine Sat 20-May-17 01:29:47

And that's without even comparing London to cities like New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid...where crime is far, far higher.

Holland00 Sat 20-May-17 01:32:31

Those comparisons yes, but just not sure if agree with one of the safest places in the world.

The crimes/violence we hear about/gets reported isn't the true amount.

NoLoveofMine Sat 20-May-17 01:34:05

There's far more crime in all those cities I mentioned, statistical fact.

There are some dangerous areas of London but there are some ultra safe areas. As a city on the whole, London is one of the safest.

SquirmOfEels Sun 21-May-17 19:08:33

Yes, the crime stats have been low for a while. So I'm left wondering if this cluster is simply random, or if it (and all the moped attacks) are a sign that crime levels are rising.

And what it means about Khan's (post-summit) approach to crime and knife crime in particular.

OnGoldenPond Sat 17-Jun-17 13:48:08

NoLove - I know a very close friend of one of those "statistics". He had no involvement with gangs at all. Was just a lovely hard working lad.

SquirmOfEels Tue 27-Jun-17 16:10:49

I'm not did I believe the line that really it's safe right now.

Even allowing for a lowish baseline, an increase of 54% in gun crime and 24% in knife crime is worrying.

SuburbanRhonda Tue 27-Jun-17 16:14:32

So are you worried about knife crime in London or do you just want to take a pop at Sadiq Khan, OP?

SquirmOfEels Sat 01-Jul-17 02:28:27

I am a Londoner who is concerned about the rise in knife crime (and whether the latest stats mean that it's not actually as safe as it was - s this is rather longer than a blip).

I do worry about my teenagers.

And I am wondering about rpthe Mayor's strategy, as it seems to have been followed by a rise, not a fall, in the rates. I was asking a question about what hat rise means for the current strategy, because if it's not working (which seems to be the case) I want to see the whole question re-examined and something better in its place.

RoseAndRose Tue 18-Jul-17 08:34:49

Long segment on BBC Breakfast this morning.

New powers of seizure. More interventions. (Welcomed by police).

The footage of the kinds of knives taken from individuals was totally terrifying.

RoseAndRose Wed 09-Aug-17 11:46:53

And two more deaths in 24 hours.

It must be worrying for parents of teens.

The rise is now (according to what I've just seen online - so happy to be corrected if people know better) 40% and has been sustained over several months now. Less in the headlines because of acid attacks (and to some extent moped muggings).

Knife amnesties don't seem to be making much difference. Is there anything else to be tried other than an increase in stop and search?

mintich Wed 09-Aug-17 12:50:04

I think what @NoLoveofMine means is that often the victim knows the attacker ( obviously not all the time)

Kursk Wed 09-Aug-17 13:00:01

I do t believe the crime stats, you can make the data say whatever you want it to.

I try to avoid cities and large towns as much as possible.

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