Despite Gun Ban, London Outpaces Murders in New York As Knife and Gun Crime Surges

London Knife and Gun Murder Epidemic Surges, Surpassing Murder Rate of New York City

A surge in violent crime including stabbings and shootings in London has led to more murders being committed in the city in February and March than there were in New York, figures show.

While New York’s murder rate decreased from the end of January, London’s rose markedly from that point.

Ex-Met Police Ch Supt Leroy Logan says it is proof that “London’s violent traits have become a virus”.

Statistics from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Metropolitan Police, reported in the Sunday Times and obtained by the BBC, highlight narrowing murder rates between the two cities, which have similar population sizes.

There were 15 murders in London in February against 14 in New York, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service and the New York Police Department. For March, 22 murders were investigated in London, with 21 reports in New York.

In the latest bloodshed, a 17-year-old girl died on Monday after she was found with gunshot wounds in Tottenham, north London, following a drive-by shooting, a boy, 16, was stabbed to death in East London, two 17-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old died under a railway bridge on Link Street on Wednesday evening and Four teenagers were stabbed Thursday night in two separate knife attacks across London.

Of the four teenagers stabbed Thursday, three were rushed to hospital with two severely injured after an incident took place in front of horrified witnesses just after 6pm in Mile End, towards the east of the city.

A fourth victim described as a young teenage boy was stabbed in Ealing Broadway, west London, according to a witness.

Both incidents come as the city’s violent crime rate has reached a seven year high. Since the start of 2018, there have been 55 murders in London alone.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the deaths took the total number of suspected murders in the capital this year above 55.

The  Mayor, Sadie Khan, has now responded after Labour MP David Lammy admitted he had not spoken to the mayor despite four people being killed in his constituency since Christmas.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London told “The Mayor is shocked and angered by the violent deaths on the streets of London this year.

“He is heartbroken that so many of those taken have been young lives – and his thoughts are with their friends and family at this difficult time.

“The police are doing everything they can to catch those responsible and bring them to justice and patrols have already been stepped up and extra stop-and-search powers are in place in the worst-hit parts of London.”

Responding to Mr Lammy’s comments, Mr Khan’s spokesperson said: “The Mayor’s door is always open to MPs who want to discuss vital issues in the capital and he frequently visits boroughs right across London to see what’s happening on the ground – and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing have been out with the police on knife sweeps this year.

“Knife crime is an issue across London and the country – and one that the Mayor takes extremely seriously.

“The safety of Londoners is his number one priority.

“We are focusing all our energy and resources on bringing those responsible to justice and Sadiq refuses to accept that nothing can be done to stem the appalling tide of violent killings. He is determined to work ceaselessly to stop it.”