London Is Not So Peaceful, and It Isn’t Even Trump’s Fault. (Or is it?)

Because London has been in the news…

News from Thursday, that a teenage girl of 17 was killed. Man arrested on suspicion of murder after teenage girl is stabbed to death in Camberwell

The 17-year-old died after she was attacked at midday on Thursday on Brisbane Street.

London Ambulance and London’s Air Ambulance attended however the girl was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1pm.

They were acquainted, but the story doesn’t give any other details. (Camberwell is part of “Greater London” that is one of the boroughs of London, but not part of the City of London. I never could figure out what the Brits meant by all that.)

Then there were a shooting and a stabbing in London on Friday. Thornton Heath stabbing: Man, 22, fighting for life after being knifed in broad daylight in south London

First at 1:45pm (local time – which is GMT)

A 23-year-old man staggered into train station crying for help after being shot in the leg in east London.

The victim was shot as he made his way along the street in Walthamstow on Friday afternoon.

He is expected to make a full recovery. (I know, a shooting in spite of all those lovely gun-control laws.)

Then at 3:30pm a more serious injury.

A young man is fighting for life after being stabbed in broad daylight on a quiet road in south London.

Emergency services rushed to Sandfield Road, not far from Thornton Heath station, shortly after 3.30pm on Friday.

The only current statistics that are jumping out at me right now regarding crime in the UK are from The Sun, and I hesitate to repeat them. That and the official statistics from Scotland Yard haven’t been updated since the beginning of the fiscal year. Or if they have, I can’t find them either. (I thought they did quarterly updates…) If you know of recent stats, leave a link in the comments.

But based on those numbers from 2017…

There’s a sharp rise too in cases of rape, burglary and robbery have during what police “busy and challenging time”. The Met Police official figures show:

  • Murders up 44 per cent (109 to 157)
  • Knife crime up 21 per cent (12,115 to 14,680)
  • Rape up by 18 per cent (6,510 to 7,707)
  • Burglary up by 11 per cent (69,528 to 77,626)
  • Robbery up 35 per cent (24,202 to 32,869)

The figures compare end-of-financial-year April to March 2017/18 with April to March 2016/17

The situation in London isn’t too good. What’s worse is things are moving in the wrong direction in a BIG way.

Oh, and Number of police officers per person lowest in 20 years (in London). Sadiq Khan blames the central .gov, because providing police officers for a major urban center is clearly the responsibility of people who live in rural districts. Or something. Why Mr. Khan is spending his time on NPR interviews over his disagreements with President Trump is beyond me. (I am reminded of something. Something to do with Nero, and Rome burning, and a violin. Or something to that effect.)

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About That Surge in Knife-crime Happening in London

London’s crime problem has been much in the news this year. It is almost as if there has been a major change in the population in the past few years. London surgeon treating children in uniform for gun and knife wounds | Daily Mail Online

Martin Griffiths, a lead surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, said children as young as 13 years old being are being admitted for life-threatening wounds daily.

Griffiths said colleagues who served in the military likened their work at the London hospital to being back at Camp Bastion, the British Forces base in war-torn Afghanistan.

While stab wounds are in the lead, gunshot wounds are also a problem.

The best statistics on UK Crime are from October last year – they don’t report on a calendar-year basis, so the updated report is at least 6 months away. The graphs at that link tell an interesting story of increasing gun and knife crime. And remember, the UK has pretty much outlawed all handguns, and instituted draconian knife-control. I suppose they are shocked to learn that criminals don’t obey the law.

In February, London’s murder rates beat out New York City’s for the first time ever.

Drive-by shootings. Gang violence. (I generally like the coverage of the London Telegraph better, but this story is behind a pesky paywall.)