London shaken by another night of bloodshed – teenager stabbed to death in terror attack | United Kingdom | News

The boy – whose exact age has not yet been released – is the 27th teenager to be stabbed to death in the capital alone in 2021. That is marginally less than the record-breaking 29 teenage murders that happened in 2008, and that equates to the number in 2017 already.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said its officers were originally called to report a fight on London Road in West Croydon at 6.41pm.

Upon arrival, they found no suspects or victims.

But within half an hour, they were called to a hospital in south London, where the teenage victim himself had presented himself with stab wounds.

Despite the doctors’ best efforts at the hospital, he died shortly afterwards.

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In a speech earlier this month, the Met’s head of violent crime, Commander Alex Murray, said: “Part of talking to you today is telling people, put the knives away from you, get rid of them – just get rid of them.”

Social activist Anthony King also spoke out, saying he hoped this year did not top 2008’s gloomy figure.

He told Sky News: “I do not want to be associated with a record year of killings, it’s time we stop hiding the fact that knives are disappearing in the kitchen.”

Since the Black Lives Matter movement, police say there has been “great progress” in the relationship between activists and police.

This has involved weekly meetings in Croydon where they have “really challenging conversations”.

Pastor Damian Luke, who is based in Croydon, said: “It is heartbreaking for us because we know these children, we have to hold funerals for children we have seen grow up who have gone to the same school as our children.

“It feels like it’s your own child, but the point is, there’s still hope.”

The investigation into the boy’s death is ongoing.

Any witnesses or anyone with information please call the police on 101, quote CAD 6179 / 18Nov, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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