Six stabbings in eleven hours across London at the weekend

There were six stabbings in London within an 11 hour period at the weekend, as more disturbing violence continues to unfold across the capital.

At 20:21 a man was stabbed near a McDonald’s on Barkingside High Street in Redbridge. His condition isn’t understood to be life-threatening.

A few hours later at 22:30 there was a double stabbing in Westminster, whilst a third man suffered a head injury in what has been described as a ‘knife fight’. Two of the victims are believed to be 18-years-old. The three men were taken to hospital but are not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

23:50 in Brixton and a teenage boy aged just 13 was stabbed. The incident took place in St Matthew’s Road, near Brixton Hill, with police subsequently confirming the boy’s age.

Then at 3:15 a man in his 40s was stabbed in Dalston Lane, Hackney. He is said to be in a critical condition.

Finally at 6am a man was found dead in Pinner, Harrow. He is believed to be a worker at a newsagents who was stabbed to death during a theft. Police have described the killing as a “violent robbery that escalated”.

This appalling violence still requires a far tougher approach. We need mandatory sentences for anyone carrying weapons, far harsher sentences and more prisons being built.

As former gang member Robert Bragg told the BBC: “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.”