There was a horrific spate of stabbings across London yesterday, with the wave of violence sadly continuing.
A 20-year-old was stabbed to death in Ilford last night, with police and paramedics on the scene at 21:00 unable to save his life. He died at the scene.
Local MP Mike Gapes responded by saying: “Shocked and saddened to hear of fatal stabbing of a young man in Cranbrook Road, near Ilford Station around 8.45 this evening. Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, quoting ref 7377/feb26. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Elsewhere a man was stabbed in his thigh in Enfield at around 14:00. He was taken to hospital but has since been released.
At around 16:00 a schoolboy was knifed outside of South Ruislip tube station, with witnesses describing a boy “lying face down on the pavement”. He was taken to hospital but his condition isn’t thought to be life-threatening.
And emergency services were called to Romford at around 18:30, with an 18-year-old found stabbed and taken to hospital. His condition is also thought to be non-life threatening.
This problem is getting worse. The 12 months to March 2018 saw the highest number of people stabbed to death since records began in 1946.
As a former gang member, Robert Bragg, recently pointed out: “Giving tougher sentences will prevent people from carrying knives because nobody wants to go to jail for 10 or 15 years just for carrying a knife.”
We need a far tougher approach on law and order that includes more prisons and harsher sentences. What we are seeing unfold on the streets of London and elsewhere is a national disgrace.