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London’s murder toll soars to its highest level in a decade, more than HALF stabbed to death in knife crime epidemic

Mayor Kahn’s solution to address the rise in violence? Raise taxes, of course.

From Daily Mail: The number of murders in London this year is at its highest level in more than a decade with 147 recorded – more than half of whom were stabbed.

September and June were the joint bloodiest months of the year in the capital with 17 homicides each, followed by July which had 16 and March and December with 15.

The 2019 rate broke last year’s total of 133 by early December – and is the highest level recorded since 2008 when Scotland Yard investigated 154 deaths. The total compiled by MailOnline this year includes murders and manslaughters recorded by the Met, British Transport Police and City of London Police.

The youngest murder victim was Riley Fauvrell, who died aged just five days after being delivered by an emergency C-section in Thornton Heath, South London. Riley’s mother Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was stabbed to death in June while pregnant with him. Her ex-partner Aaron McKenzie, 25, has since pleaded not guilty to murder.

The oldest victim was Dorothy Woolmer, 89, who was raped and murdered at home in Tottenham in August. Reece Dempster, 23, was charged but has not yet pleaded.

Some 17 of the victims were children – including 12 teenagers and five youngsters aged under two – and the mean average age of all 147 people killed was 32.

The year began with two murders in the first six hours of 2019 on New Years’s Day, with Tudor Simionov, 33, and Charlotte Huggins, 32, killed in Mayfair and Camberwell respectively. January was the second quietest month for murders with only eight – above only October, which saw six. The final month of the year saw 14 homicides.

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Church of England says to ban sales of pointed kitchen knives as there is no reason for them in the modern world

You ban guns and then knife crime increases. You ban knives then you know some other form of violence will increase.

Maybe the UK can just ban homicide and other crimes? Oh, wait…

From The Telegraph: A ban on the sale of pointed kitchen knives has been demanded by the Church of England as it says there is no reason for them in the modern world.

In a letter to ministers backed by a judge, top trauma doctors and psychiatrists, police and victims, Church of England bishops say re-designing domestic knives to give them rounded ends would combat knife crime by making “life-threatening” injuries “far less likely.”

They say sharp knife points were only used historically to pick up food because forks had not been invented and it was a time when they could be carried openly. Sharp points remain only as an anachronistic hangover from 18th century Britain during which forks became commonplace.

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“The signatories have urged Government to “take urgent measures to promote the sale of safe kitchen knife designs and restrict those designs which have been used in so many acts of violence.”

The letter endorses research, highlighted at the conference, which explains that points on domestic knives are historic and no-longer necessary.

“Historically we needed a point on the end of our knife to pick up food because forks weren’t invented. Now we only need the point to open packets when we can’t be bothered to find the scissors,” the letter reads.

It continues: “A five-year study in Edinburgh found that of the sharp instruments used in homicides, 94 per cent were kitchen knives. Research demonstrates kitchen knives are used in a large percentage of homicides due to their availability and lethal nature.

“Criminologists have demonstrated that reducing availability in turn reduces crime.

“The UK has worked for the public good by restricting handguns, paracetamol, smoking in public and plastic bags – now it is time to say ‘no bloody point’.”

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has a serious crime problem: City sets record for murders as police launch 100th investigation

Progressives always ruin great cities…

From Yahoo (via the Telegraph): Sadiq Khan has been urged to get a grip of the “horrendous” gang warfare epidemic in London after police in capital opened their 100th homicide investigation this year.

Violent crime in London has soared in recent months, briefly overtaking the murder rate in New York, and figures are on track to make 2018 the deadliest in a decade.

Detectives are now looking into the murder of Kaltoun Saleh, 43, who she died in hospital on Tuesday seven weeks after she was severely burnt in a flat fire in Finsbury Park.

Neil O’Brien, a Conservative MP, said: “Sadiq Khan needs to get a grip on this horrendous epidemic. London has the resources it needs, but needs political leadership, which is currently lacking.”

As a result of the lawlessness in the capital, those attending Notting Hill Carnival this bank holiday weekend will have to pass through knife arches for the first time in the event’s history.

Khan tweeted a Met Police press release detailing their policing plans for the carnival, calling it a “fantastic celebration of what makes London great”, thanking officers for “making sure it’s safe for everyone to enjoy themselves”.

Last year, 300 arrests were made at the carnival as those attending repeatedly clashed with police in what was meant to be a sombre occasion in tribute to the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph in July, former Mayor of London Boris Johnson accused his successor of an “abject failure to grip the problem” of violence in the city, calling his “pathetic performance” a failure to take responsibility for the wave of knife and gun crime.

Reacting to the homicide cases reaching 100 in London, former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett told The Daily Telegraph: “It’s a tragedy that we have reached this unacceptable benchmark.

“It is regrettably part of a broader trend linked to knife crime and cuts. The withdrawal of resources has been particularly felt by the Met, because the Met has to pick up the cost of counter-terrorism as well.”

London could this year surpass the 2017 tally for homicides – murder or manslaughter – of 131, but the comparative figure remains lower than in 2007 when it stood at 164.

With no sign of stemming the flow the bloodshed in London, Scotland Yard are taking no chances this weekend on the eve of more than a million people descending on west London for Notting Hill Carnival.

Some 13,000 officers will be deployed to the two-day event – around 450 more than last year and the highest number since 2011 when the carnival went ahead in the aftermath of the London riots.

It is hoped the “tried and tested” arches will put off those planning to arm themselves with knives and offensive weapons, but not everybody will be expected to pass through them, according to Scotland Yard.

A range of officers will be deployed, including those from the Metropolitan Police’s newly-formed Violent Crime Task Force, undercover police, a the firearms unit and the dog unit.

Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, Met spokeswoman on the carnival, said the metal detecting arches will be placed in the street and “people flow through them”, adding: “We won’t be specifically selecting people to go through them.

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