With the murder of a woman in arson attack on September 6, Thursday, on a townhouse in Woolwich south London, the number of homicides in the city has reached 100 in 2018, and more than half of the figure was fatal stabbings and at least 30 percent of the victims were aged 16 to 24.
A data reveals there have been 59 stabbings, 10 shootings and one involving a knife and gun so far in London in 2018. The other cases include assault, head injuries, suspected arson and compression to neck. Among the victims 34 were aged 16 to 24, 15 between 25 and 34 years of age, and seventeen dead ranged from 35 to 44. Four victims were such who were aged 15 and under and fourteen in the age group of 45 to 54. Seven dead were aged 55 to 64 while 9 were 65 or above, reveal Press Association analysis.
The figure this year is on the rise and it is concerned the number could go very high as since 2001 there has been lowest number of police in the city.
According to Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt in most of the homicide crimes hunting knives, machetes, zombie knives and other such weapons were used, and killings were not carried out by one assailant, but by feral gangs of attackers.
Hewitt added the use of knives in such killings has become a challenge for them and it is time to take a look at the cause of violence.
The woman who was attacked lately was in her late forties and Metropolitan Police confirmed murder investigation has been launched.