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”.
Detectives investigating the murder of a man in #Pinner #Harrow appeal for information about a black Vauxhall Astra seen in the vicinity of the attack – call 101 and quote CAD1653/24Mar with info. https://t.co/32Kx25ucc6 pic.twitter.com/HAICcsKfcG
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 24, 2019
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.”