Crime & the Law

London’s growing knife crime problem

Credit: Russell Webster

Knife crime on the streets of London has hit new heights of late.

Figures from the London Metropolitan police suggest there has been a 16% increase in reported crimes during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Statistic: Number of knife crimes recorded in London from 2010/11 to 2017/18* | Statista
Credit: Statista

This year has already seen a number of high-profile stabbings across London.

In the early hours of New Year’s Day, 33-year-old Charlotte Huggins and Romanian bouncer Tudor Simionov were fatally stabbed in Camberwell and Mayfair respectively.

On the 5 January, a mother was critically wounded and two men – one of them her husband – were inflicted with non-life-threatening knife wounds in Leyton, East London.

The high-profile murder of 14-year-old Jayden Moodie in Waltham Forest, North London occured on January 10.

Most recently, on 14 January, a teenage boy was beaten and stabbed on Lewisham High Street whilst walking to school.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced new measures to try and tackle knife crime back in April 2018, yet the crux of the problems remains very much established across London.

Many feel let down by the current government’s inefficiency in dealing with the issue:

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