Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Concern over 'violent scourge' as London murder stats overtake NY

Concern over 'violent scourge' as London murder stats overtake NY

The teen, named locally as Tanisha, died after being "shot in the stomach" in Tottenham - just minutes before a 16-year-old boy was shot in Walthamstow, East London, in an unconnected attack.

Another said the teen's mother had arrived at the scene before paramedics, saying: "She was screaming. She's never hung around with any gang crime or anything".

"This is a horrific and distressing incident", Creasy, the member of parliament for the area, said on Facebook appealing for witnesses.

Rapper Wretch 32, who is from Tottenham, tweeted: "North London were better then this man smh R.I.P to the young angel who lost her life last night. love & prayers to the family".

"They think being a man is being hyper-masculine", she added.

A Sunday Times report found England's capital recorded 15 murders across the month, which was one victim more than NY.

Police said they were called to the hospital just after 8.30pm on Thursday and officers have designated it a crime scene while they examine the vehicle used to transport the victim. He is in hospital in a critical condition.

Police do not know if they are connected at this stage.

As of now, no arrests are made.

Four teenage boys - two aged 16 and two aged 15 - have been charged with GBH after appearing at Stratford Youth Court.

Sean Yates, Scotland Yard's head of knife crime, said part of the rise could be blamed on courts not enforcing the "two strikes" law aimed at jailing those caught with a knife twice.

For the "first time in modern history", London had more murders in February than New York City did, according to The Times.

There have been 10 fatal stabbings in London in the last 19 days, following on from the 80 fatal stabbings recorded in the city past year. Labour MP Sarah Jones called London's knife crime wave an "epidemic".

Gun-related crime also went up by a fifth year-on-year, to 6,694 recorded offences.

In other words, the correlation of number of guns to increases in murders hasn't happened in the US, if anything the argument can be made that an overall increase in gun ownership has led to a drop in violent crime.

New laws being considered include banning online stores from delivering knives to residential addresses and making it an offence to possess certain weapons in private.

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